Tribes and Proxy Wars

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Haian Dukhan and Belcastro, F. 2023. Tribes and Proxy Wars. in: Moghadam, A., Rauta, V. and Wyss, M. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Proxy Wars London Routledge - Taylor and Francis. pp. 1-11
AuthorsHaian Dukhan and Belcastro, F.
EditorsMoghadam, A., Rauta, V. and Wyss, M.
Abstract

This chapter analyzes the role of tribes as proxies in the Middle East and North Africa region. It seeks to answer two closely related questions. Why and how do local and international actors rely on tribes in the Middle East as proxies to achieve their military purposes? And second, how has this process influenced peace and stability in the Middle East? Tribes in the Middle East and North Africa have frequently been used by state actors for domestic security and external fighting purposes. While this strategy has often proved to be successful, the use of tribes as proxies can have significant consequences. This study explores the use of tribes as proxies by examining two case studies: first, the instrumentalization of tribes as proxies in US counterinsurgency efforts against al-Qaeda in Iraq between 2006 and 2008; and second, the use of tribes as proxies by multiple parties during the Syrian civil war.

KeywordsPolitics & International Relations; tribes as proxies; Middle East and North Africa
Page range1-11
Year2023
Book titleRoutledge Handbook of Proxy Wars
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor and Francis
Place of publicationLondon
Edition1st Edition
ISBN9781003174066
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003174066
Web address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781003174066/routledge-handbook-proxy-wars-assaf-moghadam-vladimir-rauta-michel-wyss?refId=80f8a87f-703c-40cf-8060-cb5e5476457a&context=ubx
Output statusPublished
Publication dates28 Jul 2023
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Deposited19 Oct 2023
JournalRoutledge Handbook of Proxy Wars
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