Dilemmas of Fundamentalist Non-state Actors in International Relations

Finnegan, Patrick and Rauta, Vladimir (2022) Dilemmas of Fundamentalist Non-state Actors in International Relations. In: Mapping Non-State Actors in International Relations. Springer, pp. 53-71. ISBN 9783030914622, 9783030914639

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91463-9_4

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Abstract

This chapter addresses fundamentalism by placing it within international relations broadly and the interactive strategic environment more narrowly. By comparing the role played by fundamentalism within two ethno-nationalist groups and the development of their campaigns, this chapter challenges some of the long running assumptions around the topic of fundamentalism, including the role of religion and the simplistic answers which have been offered on the topic in the past. We present fundamentalism as a strategic choice which brings positive and negative consequences to those who embrace it. Arguing that adopting and maintaining, or eventually abandoning, a fundamentalist position is a strategic choice, we reposition the topic of fundamentalism away from a simplistic label of non-state actors and towards a more nuanced position within the wider strategic environment.

Keywords:Fundamentalism, Strategic interactions, Strategic goals, Adaptability
Subjects:L Social studies > L252 War & Peace studies
L Social studies > L250 International Relations
L Social studies > L214 Nationalism
L Social studies > L251 Strategic studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:49899
Deposited On:29 Jun 2022 15:00

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