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Security Journal

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 172–173 | Cite as

Review of Kruck, A. and Schneiker, A. (Eds.). (2017). Researching non-state actors in international security: theory and practice. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-94782-5

  • Giancarlo FiorellaEmail author
Book Review

Researching Non-State Actors in International Securitybegins with a recognition that interest in the field has intensified since the end of the Cold War (p. 2), and that the range of questions that scholars ask about non-state actors has grown to necessitate a larger toolbox of research methods for their study. This increased interest in the study of non-state actors is manifest in their varied classification in the literature: non-governmental organizations, vigilantes, militias, guerrillas, terrorists, insurgents, and cartels. Regardless of their name, the liminal nature and activities of non-state actors pose significant challenges for scholars wishing to undertake their study. This collection highlights some of these challenges through a showcase of research methods “in use” (p. 8) as applied by the featured scholars in their own work. It is here that the collection’s primary contribution lies: not merely in the description of the “plurality of methods” (p. 6) available to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal StudiesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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