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Tuesday, April 24 • 10:35am - 10:55am
Violence Against Humanitarian Aid Workers By Organized Non-State Armed Groups

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Each year, dozens of aid workers are injured and killed every year by terrorist organizations, armed groups, and those looking to destabilize regions in order to implement their own government and impose their own ideologies. To predict the likelihood of violence against aid workers by non-state armed groups, and to estimate the effects that different types of groups have, this paper uses data from the 2014 Societal Violence Scale, HDI, GDP, and several other factors. This paper argues that the presence of different types of non-state armed groups directly affects the likelihood of violence against aid workers in a country. Specifically, this paper hypothesizes that global/transnational non-state armed groups will be most likely to perpetrate violence against aid workers due to their motives of changing the global ideology. The results claim that violence against aid workers is most likely to occur in countries with national-level and local-level non-state armed groups present. With this information, international aid organizations may be able to quantitatively calculate the risk of entering a destabilized country and weigh the security factors of providing aid to those in need.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:35am - 10:55am PDT
237 Zageir Hall

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