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The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East

Resources, Relationships, and Resistance

Authors: Szekely, Ora

  • Offers a careful and illuminating examination of four non-state actors in the Arab-Israeli conflict ecosystem
  • Synthesizes a wide range of sources, both in English and Arabic, as well as a rich set of interviews and field research
  • Challenges conventional wisdom about support for non-state actors both in their regions and externally
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About this book

This book compares the performances of four key non-state actors in the Arab-Israeli conflict ecosystem: the PLO, Hamas, Hizbullah, and Amal. It argues that it is not the assets a militant group has, but rather how it acquired them that matters in explaining the variation in these actors' abilities to militarily resist and politically recover from confrontations with far more powerful adversaries. Groups that rely on marketing campaigns to secure local support and regional patronage do far better than those that rely on coercion or even barter. The book develops a typology of organizations based on their foreign and domestic policies, which has interesting implications for other non-state actors, such as ISIS. It is based on field research in Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, Egypt, and Syria, including interviews with members of a range of Lebanese and Palestinian militant groups, as well as politicians, UN staff, journalists, and members of the Jordanian and Israeli armies.

About the authors

Ora Szekely is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clark University, USA. Her research focuses on militant group policy making and performance in the Middle East.

Reviews

“Szekely has written a spectacular book that explores the origins and consequences of the policy choices militant groups adopt. Examining the groups of the PLO, Amal, Hizbullah, and Hamas, Szekely argues that these groups must make strategic choices about winning support from domestic or international audiences. Groups that pursue an international strategy become more transnational in the long run. Those that adopt a domestic agenda enjoy local support, but their international influence is limited. Szekely presents a very convincing argument, with great attention to detail and a strong knowledgeable command of the nuances of her cases.” (Amaney Jamal, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University, USA)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40141-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40140-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-82040-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East
Book Subtitle
Resources, Relationships, and Resistance
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40141-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40141-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40140-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82040-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 330
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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