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.




Global Politics Today

In the 20th century, international security studies have focused on the behaviour of states in the international system and on the conflicts between states. What security studies have often neglected, however, is the study of violent non-state actors. The new threats to global security no longer solely originate from states. Furthermore, interstate conflict has become less and less common and much of the violence taking place is irregular. This irregular type of violence occupies a space between being politically motivated and economically motivated. Political violence overlaps with crime and vice versa. Understanding irregular forms of violence and violent non-state actors is becoming more and more critical to security studies.

Nevertheless, scholarly work still lacks coherent theoretical frameworks to identify the processes that lead ...

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