Draining the Sea with Discretion:Force Integration and Civilian Displacement during South Korean Counter-insurgency Operations, 1948-1953

Paik, Seung Joon and Park, Soul (2020) Draining the Sea with Discretion:Force Integration and Civilian Displacement during South Korean Counter-insurgency Operations, 1948-1953. Journal of Strategic Studies. ISSN 0140-2390

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Abstract

This paper analyses the dynamics of violence during civilian displacement operations. Specifically, we argue that the integration of security forces–solid command structure, monitoring of troops, and the quality of personnel–influences not only the military performance but also the level of civilian costs. That is, a highly integrated army can commit soldiers to displacement operations while minimising violence. When conducted by a partially integrated army, however, displacement operations are at risk of mass killing, pushing soldiers to remove civilians without sophisticated control. Our qualitative analysis of three major counter-guerrilla operations in South Korea provides support for our thesis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: civilian displacement,draining-the-sea tactic,internal cohesion,korean counter-insurgency (coin),principal-agent problem,sociology and political science,political science and international relations ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3312
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 00:24
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2021 00:06
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81381
DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2020.1833188

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