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Foreign Fighters: Transnational Identity in Civic Conflicts

David Malet


What messages do insurgencies use to recruit foreign fighters? As recent events from Afghanistan and Iraq to Yemen and Somalia demonstrate, foreign fighters represent a significant concern in counter-insurgency planning and a growing challenge to basic concepts of sovereignty. Yet transnational insurgencies are not merely a contemporary phenomenon, nor one limited to Islamists. How have recruiters in various conflicts elicited costly collective action in distant wars where foreigners would seem to have had no apparent grievances or interests at stake, and in which empirical evidence also sugge ... More

Keywords: foreign fighter, transnational, identity, recruit, insurgency, civil war, terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199939459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Malet, author
Colorado State University-Pueblo