Armed Groups and the Balance of Power: The International by Anthony Vinci

By Anthony Vinci

This new publication presents a framework for knowing the diplomacy of armed teams, together with terrorist businesses, insurgencies and warlords, which play an more and more important role within the overseas method. in particular, the publication argues that such teams should be understood as enjoying the stability of strength with states and different armed teams, as they're empirically sovereign non-state actors which are encouraged through the pursuit of strength and exist as a part of an anarchic, self-help process. This noticeably new strategy bargains a renewed conceptualization of Neorealism, and offers new insights into debates approximately sovereignty, non-state actors, new wars, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency. The process is illustrated via case reviews on Somali warlords, the safety complicated among the Lord’s Resistance military (LRA), Sudanese People’s Liberation military (SPLA), Sudan and Uganda, in addition to Al Qaeda. The e-book offers insights into such concerns as how non-state actors might be built-in into structural theories of diplomacy, and likewise deals pragmatic methodologies for the overseas coverage or army practitioner, comparable to how one can top deter terrorists.

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For states, the ‘moral’ drivers of policy are often illusionary and hypocritically used to stimulate the ‘real’ policies that are governed by other motivations. While these groups may say that they are motivated by a particular cause, and use this as propaganda, their actual actions are much more rational in nature. In other words we should take essentially the same view of armed groups as we are accustomed to taking in analyzing states. Moreover, regardless of any particular goal of an armed group, the group 34 Armed groups must first exist as an autonomous unit in order to address its goals.

To remain autonomous). Other theorists have taken different approaches to armed group motivation and argued – whether explicitly or implicitly – that the central motivations for such groups may be based on grievances or greed. The following section will address these motivations in order to determine whether they really should be considered the central motivation of armed groups. Grievance A conventional approach for understanding the motivations of armed groups is to assume that they represent grievances of certain groups within society.

51 This military power is not random, it is systematic with a clear command, control and communication system to guide it cohesively. The military force may not necessarily be enough to topple a state, but it is enough to scratch out some control of territory or people for a sustained period. This military force can not only be used against the state to make them autonomous, but it is also used internally to serve as the reservoir of power that allows the armed group to maintain authority over its organization and any people the group rules over.

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