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Title Responding to civilian bloodshed: Investigating the relationship between one-sided violence and aid
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University/Publisher Iowa State University
Abstract Do foreign aid flows respond to signals of need? This thesis explores the potential relationship between one-sided violence and foreign aid donations. I argue that one-sided violence operates as a signal to the international community, indicating that a state is in need of aid. Utilizing foreign aid as a means of understanding international response, I execute a series of empirical tests to establish if such a relationship can be confirmed. While conclusive determination of the relationship was not obtained, I provide the foundations for future avenues of research for one-sided violence and foreign aid.
Subjects/Keywords civilian conflict; civilian violence; foreign aid; humanitarian aid; international response; one-sided violence; International Relations; Political Science
Language en
Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:lib.dr.iastate.edu:etd-3386
Repository iastate
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2018-08-15

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