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State Repression and its Effects on Civil Conflict, Socio-Economic Outcomes, and Leadership Tenure

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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George Washington University

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We seek to better understand the dynamic relationships among repression, civil conflict, and leadership tenure. We see this relationship as a feedback loop how citizens respond peacefully or violently influences the type of repression rulers employ. How rulers use repression influences how and whether citizens protest. Moreover, how rulers respond to their citizens may influence leadership duration. Obviously, the relationship among repression, civil conflict and leadership tenure is complicated we believe it can be best understood holistically. However, researchers have only examined some parts of this relationship. Moreover, few scholars have focused on how their findings might be applied to policymakers in the real world. We believe US and allied officials may want policy options to influence rulers who are becoming increasingly repressive as in Turkey and Egypt or leaders who preside over countries where instability appears to be on the rise as in Honduras and Kazakhstan. We aim to produce scholarly research that is easily replicable and policy useful. We will use our findings to provide policymakers with recommendations on how to deal with countries with political andor violent repression.


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  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Administration and Management

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[A, Approved For Public Release]