Transnational rebels

 Transnational  Insurgencies in World Politics book coverAfter the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Idean Salehyan, assistant professor of political science, began researching transnational militant groups. Studying civil wars since 1945, he discovered that a majority of rebel organizations have conducted operations from sanctuaries in neighboring countries.

His new book, Rebels Without Borders: Transnational Insurgencies in World Politics (Cornell University Press), examines civil wars and insurgencies throughout the world. In addition to multi-country analyses, he presents extensive case studies on the Nicaraguan civil war of the 1980s and the Rwandan conflict of the 1990s-2000s and looks at other cross-border insurgents, such as Taliban fighters in Pakistan.

The book sheds light on the difficulties of negotiating peace with transnational rebel organizations and outlines strategies for dealing with the groups.

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