Foreign Policy Analysis and Armed Non-State Actors in World Politics: Lessons from the Middle East

  title={Foreign Policy Analysis and Armed Non-State Actors in World Politics: Lessons from the Middle East},
  author={May Darwich},
  journal={Foreign Policy Analysis},
  • May Darwich
  • Published 10 September 2021
  • Political Science
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
The study of armed non-state actors (ANSAs) has grown exponentially in the last two decades. This article explores the foreign policy of ANSAs as a new empirical domain for foreign policy analysis (FPA) by drawing on various examples from the Middle East to show the merit of this area for novel empirical and theoretical studies. The article identifies the domain of ANSAs’ foreign policy showing how FPA research has so far remained state-centric and almost completely ignores ANSAs. While the… 
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