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Innes, Michael A., ed. (2011) Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates & the Use of Force. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.

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Public debate over surrogate forces and proxy warfare has been largely dormant since the end of the Cold War. The conventional wisdom has been that with the end of the U.S.- Soviet rivalry, state sources of support for proxy guerrilla, insurgent, and terrorist organizations dried up, forcing them to look to criminal activity to survive and precipitating the growth of dangerously independent and well-resourced militants, mercenaries, and warlords. But in the few years since 2001, a wide range of issues raised to prominence by wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere suggest that armed proxies, and the forces that drive and shape their use, are part of a larger dynamic. From the legacies of the wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Kashmir, to the growth of privatized security and military companies, and to increased reliance on intermediaries of all kinds, these surrogate forces bear further study.Making Sense of Proxy Wars is the first book to seriously challenge Cold War assumptions about terrorism and proxy warfare, offering an alternative view of armed surrogates—whether they are private armies, indigenous militias, or unwilling victims—as complex, selfinterested actors on the international stage.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
ISBN: 9781597975865
Copyright Statement: © University of Nebrasca Press This is the book published by University of Nebrasca Press Accepted version downloaded from SOAS Research Online: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/31886
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 12:05
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/31886
Related URLs: https://www.neb ... /9781597972307/ (Publisher URL)

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