Moving beyond terror groups to examine non-state actors including warlords, gangs and private security companies, Violent Non-State Actors: • Guides you through the core theories and concepts, taking a multidisciplinary approach • Examines different explanations for the emergence of violent non-state actors as well as strategies for dealing with them • Weaves in international case studies from groups including the Islamic State, Los Zetas, Hamas, and Al Qaeda, as well as discussion questions, further reading and definitions of key terms A must read for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students in politics, international relations, security and terrorism studies.
Part I: Theories and Concepts
The objective of Part I is to review what scholars have learned to date about security and violent groups. We first consider traditional theories of security, focusing on major paradigms in global politics. We then consider the notion of security as it is embodied in the field of international security studies. The final section of Part I reviews the concept of violence in both its conventional and non-conventional forms.[Page 2]