What We're Reading

February 2019 | Non-state armed groups

This month, RESOLVE presents research that explores the intersection of non-state armed groups, violent extremism, and peacebuilding. The readings provide insights into the interactions among armed groups and their relations with the local government, the complexities of engaging armed groups under interventions, the changing characteristics of the state and war, and the dilemmas of leveraging vigilante groups to counter violent extremism. Click the links to learn more. 

Partner Publication
Erica Gaston
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2018-04-20
The threat posed by ISIL provoked mass mobilization across Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) regions. Much greater attention has focused on the larger forces that led operati...
Publication
Conciliation Resources
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2005-01-01
The purpose of this Accord issue is to remedy the deficit in our understanding of what we have learned about the engagement of armed groups in peace processes, and the challenges to be ad...
Article
Pablo Policzer
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2005-01-01
While non-state armed groups have always existed, to this day there is no clear consensus on how to describe or define them, or on what should be expected from them. The confusion over th...
Article
Mary Kaldor
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2013-02-01
This article reviews the literature on new wars. It argues that new wars should be understood not as an empirical category but rather as a way of elucidating the logic of contemporary war...
Article
Georgia Holmer
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2014-12-05
Vigilantes have become vital in the country's fight against Boko Haram. But is there a way to ensure they're not also making things worse? Vigilante action is a controversial but common ...
Article
Max Weber
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1946-01-01
Every state is founded on force, said Trotsky at BrestLitovsk. That is indeed right. If no social institutions existed which knew the use of violence, then the concept of state would be e...