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The Rise of the Mezzanine Rulers

The New Frontier for International Law

Authors: Michael Crawford, and Jami Miscik, President and Vice Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
November/December 2010
Foreign Affairs

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Governments across the Middle East and South Asia are increasingly losing power to substate actors that are inserting themselves at a mezzanine level of rule between the government and the people. Western policymakers must address the problem systematically, at both a political and a legal level, rather than continue to pursue reactive and disjointed measures on a case-by-case basis.

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