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This TED Talk from Benedetta Berti discusses non-state armed groups, and what they do when they’re not fighting. She outlines that, in addition to ‘military’ functions, these groups establish political parties, social service networks, media networks, and fundraising organisations – traditionally state-based activities. As a result there are states, non-state actors and ‘in-betweens’, and the delineation is blurred.
Have a listen to ‘The surprising way groups like ISIS stay in power’. What do these considerations mean for military operations against such groups? How important are the non-military components of the solution? What does this mean for inter-agency activities?