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.

Types of Violent Non-state Actors
Types of Violent Non-state Actors

In Part III, we introduce different types of violent non-state actors. They are as follows: de facto states and insurgencies (Chapter 6), terror organizations and terror networks (Chapter 7), marauding rebels and warlords (Chapter 8), organized criminals and gangs (Chapter 9) and PSCs and paramilitaries (Chapter 10). Table III.1 presents an overview of the various actors and key characteristics associated with each.

Table III.1 Types of Violent Non-state Actors and their Key Characteristics

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