Militias and State Stability

  • Paul Rexton Kan


This chapter examines the various ways that paramilitary violence intersects with contemporary international security issues. Understanding how militias affect fragile states as well as human rights and democratization is the focus of this chapter. Militias, while seeking to fill political, economic, and social gaps, undermine state stability and individual protections of many citizens. These detrimental aspects of paramilitary violence, in turn, threaten international peace and stability.


Fragile states Human rights Democratization Coup-proofing Warlords 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Rexton Kan
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  1. 1.National Security StudiesU.S. Army War CollegeCarlisleUSA

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