Anarchy within : The security dilemma between ethnic groups in emerging anarchy

Abstract: This is a study of the Security Dilemma between ethnic groups in conflict. The essence of the Security Dilemma is that vulnerable and fearful actors through efforts to enhance their own security undermine the security of others. This causal mechanism is examined at the theoretical level with the help of a game model.The explanatory power of the Security Dilemma as a cause of large-scale ethnic warfare and cleansing is corroborated in a statistical test. Separatist grievances are used to indicate low utility for the status quo, and are found to increase the risk of large-scale ethnic violence. Democracy is assumed to be associated with lower levels of fear, and is found to reduce the risk of large-scale violence. Ethnoterritorial dominance reflects whether the ethnic groups in conflict live separated or intermingled. First-strike advantages are assumed to be greater in areas of intermingled populations. As predicted, intermingled populations are found to be associated with an increased risk of large-scale violence.The Security Dilemma is examined in more detail in two case-studies of the 1992 Bosnian wars. Based on these case-studies thoughts are presented on how the theory can be developed to capture the interplay between the elites at the strategic level and grassroots at the local level. Finally, ways of negating the Security Dilemma between ethnic groups are briefly discussed.In sum, the results indicate that the Security Dilemma is highly relevant for understanding the causes of large-scale ethnic violence.

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