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Non-State Armed Actors in the Middle East

Geopolitics, Ideology, and Strategy

Editors: Yeşiltaş, Murat, Kardaş, Tuncay (Eds.)

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  • Offers a detailed analysis of the organizational, ideological, and strategic preferences of key new violent non-state actors in the Middle East
  • Employs new analytical perspectives in understanding the radical transformation of the new Middle Eastern geopolitical and security space
  • Analyzes the impact of violent non-state actors on the wider international society of states and international norms
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About this book

This volume investigates the nature and changing roles of the non-state armed groups in the Middle East with a special focus on Kurdish, Shia and Islamic State groups. To understand the nature of transformation in the Middle Eastern geopolitical space, it provides new empirical and analytical insights into the impact of three prominent actors, namely ISIS, YPG and Shia Militias. With its distinctive detailed and multi-faceted analyses, it offers new findings on the changing contours of sovereignty, geopolitics and ideology, particularly after the Arab Uprisings. Overall this volume contributes to the study of violent geopolitics, critical security studies and international relations particularly by exploring the ideologies and strategies of the new non-state armed actors.

About the authors

Murat Yeşiltaş is Associate Professor in the Middle East Institute of Sakarya University, Turkey.
Tuncay Kardaş is Associate Professor in the Middle East Institute of Sakarya University, Turkey.

Reviews

“Non-state armed actors have shattered state territorial orders across the Middle East. This book examines the beliefs and strategies of these new territorial brokers and how they are re-making geopolitics, and bio-politics, from below across the region. It is compelling reading.” (Gerard Toal, Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, USA and author of Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest for Ukraine and the Caucasus)

“Murat Yeşiltaş and Tuncay Kardaş have produced an excellent analysis of the rise of non-state actors. Very few works have the same level of solid scholarship and deep, comparative insights into the phenomenon.” (Omar Ashour, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter, UK and author of The De-Radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements)

“In tracing out both the ideological origins and political implications of their seemingly inexorable capacity to garner power following the so-called Arab Spring, this book makes an invaluable contribution to contemporary debates on sovereignty, social order and geo-politics. Up-to-date, well-written and relevant, it will be a key resource for anyone wishing to navigate their way through the complexities and dynamics of the contemporary Middle East.” (Tim Jacoby, Professor, University of Manchester, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Phenomenon of Non-state Armed Actors and Patterns of Violent Geopolitics in the Middle East

    Pages 3-20

    Yeşiltaş, Murat (et al.)

  • The Transformation of the Regional Order and Non-state Armed Actors: Pathways to the Empowerment

    Pages 21-39

    Kardaş, Şaban

  • Understanding “Foreign Policy” of the PYD/YPG as a Non-State Actor in Syria and Beyond

    Pages 43-75

    Öğür, Berkan (et al.)

  • The Kurdish Fight Against ISIS: Realizing the Virtual Kurdistan Through Factionalized Politics in a Fragmented Homeland

    Pages 77-95

    Dalay, Galip

  • Global Politics of Image and the Making of a Legitimate Non-state Armed Actor: Syrian Kurds and ‘The Secular West’ in Kobane

    Pages 97-118

    Kardaş, Tuncay (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55287-3
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55286-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85618-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Non-State Armed Actors in the Middle East
Book Subtitle
Geopolitics, Ideology, and Strategy
Editors
  • Murat Yeşiltaş
  • Tuncay Kardaş
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55287-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55287-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55286-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85618-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 278
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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