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Global Politics and Violent Non-state Actors

Global Politics and Violent Non-state Actors

First Edition

May 2017 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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
Chapter 1: Understanding Past Approaches to International Security
Chapter 2: Understanding Violence and Non-Conventional Warfare
Part II: Explanations of Violent Non-State Actors
Chapter 3: Global Explanations
Chapter 4: State-level Explanations
Chapter 5: Individual-level Explanations
Part III: Types of Violent Non-state Actors
Chapter 6: Insurgencies
Chapter 7: Global Terror Networks and Terror Organizations
Chapter 8: Warlords and Marauders
Chapter 9: Organized Crime and Gangs
Chapter 10: Privatized Security Companies and Para-military groups
Part IV: Dealing with Violent Non-state Actors
Chapter 11: Moderation and Politicization
Chapter 12: Strategies and Exit

A timely and immensely relevant book, Ezrow’s work will be indispensable to anyone who wants to understand how violent non-state actors fit into traditional understandings of International Relations. Drawing on examples from across the globe this text provides a rich, detailed and erudite argument as to why violent non-state actors are, perhaps, the greatest threat to human security in existence today. This makes this text a must read for students of International relations, Security Studies, Terrorism Studies, Criminology or Organised Crime  as it provides a new and refreshing perspective on why non-state actors choose to use violence.

John Bahadur Lamb
Birmingham City University

This is a timely and important book that provides a comprehensive overview of violent non-state actors (VNSAs) that continue to pose some of the most serious challenges to state and human security in the present era. Broad in scope and parsimonious in its argument this book is an essential reading for all those interested in understanding VNSAs and comprehending strategies for dealing with them.

Klejda Mulaj
University of Exeter

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