Combating the Influence of Non-State Organizations' Deep Reach: Understanding the Expanded Influence of Non-State Actors and the Methodologies Required to Counter Their Future Growth   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the thesis abstract: "Over the years, organizations such as the Hezbollah, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and the Algerian Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) have provided examples of successful frameworks for the development of violent non-state actors that have the ability to influence populations inside a nation-state. In many instances, these organizations are complex and sometimes maintain state sponsorship links outside of the nation-state itself. Furthermore, well-equipped militias and quasi-governmental frameworks provide services to the local populace in order to broaden the violent non-state organization's political influence in the area. In fact, some incidents indicate that the populace often depends solely upon these organizations for their fundamental needs to include food, water, sanitation, and security. Understanding this evolving process, however, and the mechanisms that lead to the existence of these groups is critical in formulating adequate responses and effectively countering the influential growth of these organizations. [...] These new solutions, in turn, facilitate relevant actions in each unique context that enable governments to effectively counter violent non-state organizations by isolating and delinking their activity from the population. Once the activities of these groups are effectively isolated and the organization collapses an environment ensues that is suitable for future peaceful development in the region."

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