Baker Institute Viewpoints is a regular series on the Baker Institute Blog that presents an array of views on a single issue.
Despite taboos and lost legitimacy, armed groups around the world engage in extreme acts of violence, symbolic and otherwise. In order for decision-makers to understand what can be done about the increasing brutality, they must understand what's behind it. In the fourth installment of Baker Institute Viewpoints, an institute postdoctoral fellow in drug policy and two outside scholars conducting doctoral research on these issues explain why some armed groups utilize extreme symbolic forms of violence, and how they justify their actions.
Read the posts in this series:
"The use of symbolic violence in Mexico's drug war" — http://bit.ly/Q1yqL9
Nathan Jones, Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy.
"The extreme violence of Uganda's militant LRA" — http://bit.ly/QSiPSa
Michael Hampson, a University of California, Irvine, political science doctoral candidate writing his thesis on the Lord's Resistance Army.
"Extreme narco violence in Mexico" — http://bit.ly/PlI8xb
John Sullivan, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department lieutenant writing his dissertation on criminal insurgency.