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State Department Needs “Clear Guidelines” on Engaging with Nonstate Armed Groups

Recent data on organized violence shows that conflicts between a state and one or more nonstate armed groups vastly outnumber interstate conflicts. As a result, argues former international affairs fellow Payton L. Knopf in a new CFR Working Paper, the State Department needs clear guidelines as to why, when, and how its diplomats should conduct outreach to these groups.

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The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War

Speaker: Stewart M. Patrick
Presider: Warren Bass

Watch as Stewart Patrick, CFR Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, speaks about his new book The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War.

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The Strategic Studies Institute: The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy

Authors: Stephen D. Biddle and Jeffrey A. Friedman

This monograph assesses the claim that future warfare is a matter of nonstate actors employing irregular methods against Western states through a detailed analysis of Hezbollah’s military behavior, coupled with deductive inference from observable Hezbollah behavior in the field to findings for their larger strategic intent for the campaign.

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