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.

Explanations of Violent Non-state Actors
Explanations of Violent Non-state Actors

In order to understand the complexity in world politics, international relations has used three levels of analysis (Waltz, 1959). They are the international system (global), the state (and society) and the individual. The following three chapters use these levels of analysis to better understand why and how violent non-state actors emerge and thrive. We start by looking at how global conditions provide opportunities for violent groups to succeed and also how globalization has impacted identities.

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