States in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups by Belgin San-AkcaStates in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups by Belgin San-Akca

States in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups

byBelgin San-Akca

Hardcover | October 26, 2016

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There is a long history of state governments providing support to nonstate armed groups fighting battles in other countries. Examples include Syria's aid to Hamas, Ecuador's support for FARC, and Libya's donation of arms to the IRA. What motivates states to do this? And why would rebel groupsalign themselves with these states?In States in Disguise, Belgin San-Akca builds a rigorous theoretical framework within which to study the complex and fluid network of relationships between states and rebel groups, including ethnic and religious insurgents, revolutionary groups, and terrorists. She proves that patterns of alliancesbetween armed rebels and modern states are hardly coincidental, but the result of systematic and strategic choices made by both states and rebel groups. San-Akca demonstrates that these alliances are the result of shared conflictual, material and ideational interests, and her theory shows how tounderstand these ties via the domestic and international environment. Drawing from an original data set of 455 groups, their target states, and supporters over a span of more than sixty years, she explains that states are most likely to support rebel groups when they are confronted with internal andexternal threats simultaneously, while rebels select strong states and democracies when seeking outside support. She also shows that states and rebels look to align with one another when they share ethnic, religious and ideological ties. Through its broad chronological sweep, States in Disguisereveals how and why the phenomenon of state and rebel group alliances has evolved over time.

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Belgin San-Akca is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Koc University.

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Title:States in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel GroupsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 26, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190250887

ISBN - 13:9780190250881

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"Shedding valuable light on the shady world of covert state support for rebel groups, this book makes a major contribution to the open-polity perspective on civil war. With admirable conceptual clarity and analytical precision, Belgin San-Akca shows that transnational conflict patterns cannotbe reduced to rebels' opportunistic exploitation of state weakness or simple models of proxy warfare. Instead, States in Disguise explains the interaction of strategies pursued by states and autonomous rebel organizations and how the former support the latter as an common and often crucial, butstill unofficial, aspect of international relations." --Lars-Erik Cederman, author of Emergent Actors in World Politics: How States and Nations Develop and Dissolve