The Roots of Restraint in War - Executive Summary

25 June 2018
The Roots of Restraint in War - Executive Summary
Reference 4353
Category Publication
Language English

The Roots of Restraint in War (In Brief) is a summary of the main publication with the same title (reference number 4352). Based on two years of research collaboration between the ICRC and six distinguished scholars, the report identifies sources of influence on various types of armed forces and armed groups, ranging from those with a highly decentralized structure to those embedded within their communities.

Drawing on eight case studies across five countries, The Roots of Restraint in War investigates how formal and informal norms condition the behaviour of soldiers and fighters depending on the kind of armed organization to which they belong. Ultimately it provides a framework of analysis for humanitarian actors to help them identify the approach best suited to a group’s particular structure and socialization mechanisms, with the aim of promoting restraint during armed conflict. 

"The Roots of Restraint in War" report.

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