Accession Number : ADA536079


Title :   Beyond Pain: Coercing Violent Non-State Actors


Corporate Author : NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Thomas, Troy S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a536079.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 38


Abstract : Today's global conflict environment is permeated by the existence of a diverse range of violent nonstate actors (VNSA). These groups utilize subversive means to exploit and disrupt the international system, frequently committing heinous acts of violence against innocent civilians in the process. Short of war, how can nation-states effectively counter the actions of VNSA? This paper examines the proposition that VNSA can be coerced by the threat or limited use of military force. By defining the problem, adapting strategy to the problem and assessing the historical record the author makes the case that coercion is a viable option for confronting VNSA.


Descriptors :   *TERRORISM , PEACEKEEPING , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY STRATEGY , NATIONAL SECURITY , LESSONS LEARNED , ORGANIZATIONS , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , TASK FORCES , HISTORY , SOMALIA , UNITED NATIONS , GUERRILLA WARFARE , CRIMES , TERRORISTS , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)


Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE