Paris Saclay Seminar

Building reputation: Proxy wars and transnational identities

Arthur Silve (University of Laval)

Mar 23, 2023, 12:15

RITM, Room Gaudemet, Faculté Jean Monnet 92330 SCEAUX



With a global security framework that mitigates interstate conflicts, nation-states establish a reputation of resolve by supporting foreign rebellions. Our theoretical predictions suggest that states with more targets are more likely to support foreign uprisings, and such groups experience higher political inclusion. Employing a dataset of over 280,000 ethnic group × sponsor state × target state × year observations, our analysis supports reputation-building using co-ethnicity narratives as a determinant of sponsor state activism and reveals that this mechanism results in political concessions within target states, benefiting groups connected to reputed potential sponsors.

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RITM, Room Gaudemet
Faculté Jean Monnet 54, Boulevard Desgranges
92330 SCEAUX