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  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Counter-strategies to Violent Groups
Counter-strategies to Violent Groups
Key Terms
  • Counter-narratives
  • Decapitation
  • Deradicalization
  • Exclusive approach
  • Inclusive approach
  • Mano Dura
  • Money laundering
  • Targeted killings

Dealing with violent groups is a major challenge for states not only in conflict zones but supposed zones of peace as well. And it is no longer states that are the targets of threats, but civilians. How do we best deal with these threats, given that traditional tools at a state’s disposal may not be effective? While the first half of the chapter will examine approaches that focus on long-term approaches for prevention, the second half will explore the effectiveness of strategies for dealing with violent groups after they have emerged. Before looking at the best counter-strategies and avenues of institutional reform, it is important to explore how violent groups typically ...

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