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Proxy Warriors: The Rise And Fall Of State-sponsored

Ahram, Ariel I.

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ISBN 10: 0804773580 / ISBN 13: 9780804773584
Published by Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, 2011
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208 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. MILITARY. In this book, Ariel Ahram offers a new perspective on a growing threat to international and human securityÑthe reliance of 'weak states' on quasi-official militias, paramilitaries, and warlords. Tracing the history of several "high profile" paramilitary organizations, including Indonesia's various militia factions, Iraq's tribal "awakening," and Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Basij corps, the book shows why and how states co-opt these groups, turning former rebels into state-sponsored militias. Building on an historical and comparative empirical approach that emphasizes decolonization, revolution, and international threat, the author offers a new set of policy prescriptions for addressing this escalating international crisisÑwith particular attention to strategies for mitigating the impact of this devolution of violence on the internal and international stability of states. Ariel I. Ahram is an Assistant Professor in the School of International and Area Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. "Proxy Warriors makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the devolution of state control over violence to non-state actors within the state. It demonstrates that, contrary to received wisdom, decentralization need not undermine a state's internal security or even the ability of a state to guard against external threats. Thus, late-developing states may well have workable alternative institutional arrangement to those of the developed world."ÑPeter J. Dombrowski, Professor and Chair, Strategic Research Department, U.S. Naval War College "Proxy Warriors offers a timely, insightful, and often contrarian look at how leaders in developing states use militias, gangs, and other substate actors. Ahram offers important findings that explain states' different approaches and provides fresh policy prescriptions for the international community to manage, or at times live with, this difficult problem." ÑDaniel Byman, Professor, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University (Key Words: Militias, Military, Ariel I. Ahram, Security, Paramilitary). Bookseller Inventory # 73079X1

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Title: Proxy Warriors: The Rise And Fall Of ...

Publisher: Stanford University Press, Palo Alto

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Stanford Security Forces Series..

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In this book, Ariel Ahram offers a new perspective on a growing threat to international and human security―the reliance of 'weak states' on quasi-official militias, paramilitaries, and warlords.
Tracing the history of several "high profile" paramilitary organizations, including Indonesia's various militia factions, Iraq's tribal "awakening," and Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Basij corps, the book shows why and how states co-opt these groups, turning former rebels into state-sponsored militias. Building on an historical and comparative empirical approach that emphasizes decolonization, revolution, and international threat, the author offers a new set of policy prescriptions for addressing this escalating international crisis―with particular attention to strategies for mitigating the impact of this devolution of violence on the internal and international stability of states.

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Ariel I. Ahram is an Assistant Professor in the School of International and Area Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma.

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