New Book by Efe TokdemirA new book coauthored by Asst. Prof. Efe Tokdemir of the Department of International Relations and titled â€śBattle for Allegiance: Governments, Terrorist Groups, and Constituencies in Conflictâ€ť was recently released by the University of Michigan Press. In the book, Dr. Tokdemir and coauthor Seden AkĂ§Ä±naroÄźlu (a faculty member at SUNY Binghamton in the US) examine what the authors describe as a long-neglected aspect of
conflict processes, specifically investigating the nonviolent strategies both governments and terrorist groups employ to win the allegiance of their constituents. As noted in the publisherâ€™s description of â€śBattle for Allegiance,â€ť the book â€śshows violence is neither the only nor the most effective way in which nonstate actors and governments work to achieve their goalsâ€¦.In fact, the competition between the two actors goes far
beyond who is superior in terms of military force and tactics. The hardest battles are fought over the
allegiance of the citizens.â€ť Employing a three-pronged methodological approach combining large-N quantitative analysis of original data, a public opinion survey conducted in Turkey, and qualitative analysis of focus groups as well as in depth interviews, the book presents â€śthe first systematic empirical analysis of the ways in which terrorist groups, the government, and the citizens relate to each other in a triadic web of action.â€ť The study, notes the authors, â€śoffers a complete depiction of conflict processes by introducing the
nonviolent aspect of conflict as well as by highlighting the importance of constituents in the strategic battle to
gain legitimacy and support.