Magazine article New Internationalist

Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins

Magazine article New Internationalist

Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins

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Irregular War ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins by Paul Rogers (IB Tauris, 97817 8453 4882)

The central argument of this timely and cogent book is that the world has entered a period of 'revolt from the margins', whose root cause can be traced to economic inequality and environmental pressures, which the author has encapsulated in the striking phrase, 'a crowded, glowering planet'. While ISIS is presently front and centre of this threat to global security, Rogers also identifies groups such as al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Naxalites in India, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, as well as the fragmented but dangerous remnants of al-Qaeda, as potent actors in this emerging non-state irregular warfare.

Rogers analyses the Islamic ideology underpinning these groups and shows how their emergence into the calamitous post-Iraq-invasion landscape has been hastened rather than hindered by a Western Power response heavily reliant on military might, epitomized by massive air strikes that radicalize as they destroy. …

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