The Threat of Non-State Networks: A General Theory of Asymmetric Warfare

Creatively utilizing the modern technological environment, transnational
terrorist networks like al Qaeda pose a unique challenge to international security in the
age of globalization. With recent developments in weapons and information technology,
non-state networks pose a greater threat to powerful states than previous asymmetric
adversaries. This paper therefore aims to expand theories of international security to
include non-state actors by providing a technologically-based account of the increasing
trend towards weak actor victory in asymmetric conflicts.

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