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Foreign Fighters under International Law and BeyondForeign Fighters: Motivations for Travel to Foreign Conflicts

Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond: Foreign Fighters: Motivations for Travel to... [The phenomenon of foreign fighters predates ISIS. Islamist extremist, far left, far right, and ethno nationalist groups have recruited individuals to fight for their cause overseas. This chapter aims to use empirical evidence to add to the currently understudied body of literature regarding what drives an individual to fight in a foreign conflict. Although this chapter was built on an understanding of the secondary literature, it was primarily informed by a series of interviews carried out with individuals that have personally experienced or intended to engage in foreign fighter travel, from former members of the Provisional IRA through to former members of Jihadist organisations. This chapter suggests that there are three prevailing motivations that drive an individual to want to fight overseas: outrage at what is taking place in the country they wish to travel to, adherence to the ideology of the group they wish to join, and a search for identity and meaning in their personal lives.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Foreign Fighters under International Law and BeyondForeign Fighters: Motivations for Travel to Foreign Conflicts

Editors: de Guttry, Andrea; Capone, Francesca; Paulussen, Christophe

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Publisher
T.M.C. Asser Press
Copyright
© T.M.C. Asser Press and the authors 2016
ISBN
978-94-6265-098-5
Pages
63 –76
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6265-099-2_5
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The phenomenon of foreign fighters predates ISIS. Islamist extremist, far left, far right, and ethno nationalist groups have recruited individuals to fight for their cause overseas. This chapter aims to use empirical evidence to add to the currently understudied body of literature regarding what drives an individual to fight in a foreign conflict. Although this chapter was built on an understanding of the secondary literature, it was primarily informed by a series of interviews carried out with individuals that have personally experienced or intended to engage in foreign fighter travel, from former members of the Provisional IRA through to former members of Jihadist organisations. This chapter suggests that there are three prevailing motivations that drive an individual to want to fight overseas: outrage at what is taking place in the country they wish to travel to, adherence to the ideology of the group they wish to join, and a search for identity and meaning in their personal lives.]

Published: Feb 28, 2016

Keywords: Afrikaner resistance movement; Al-Shabaab; Foreign fighter; ISIS; Provisional Irish Republican Army; Self-identification; Syria; Transnational identities; Violent extremism

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