Proxy Warfare

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Proxy wars represent a perennial strand in the history of conflict.The appeal of ‘warfare on the cheap’ has proved anirresistible strategic allure for nations through the centuries.However, proxy wars remain a missing link in contemporary war andsecurity studies. In this timely book Andrew Mumford sheds newlight on the dynamics and lineage of proxy warfare from the ColdWar to the War on Terror, whilst developing a cogent conceptualframework to explain their appeal.

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Overview

Proxy wars represent a perennial strand in the history of conflict.The appeal of ‘warfare on the cheap’ has proved anirresistible strategic allure for nations through the centuries.However, proxy wars remain a missing link in contemporary war andsecurity studies. In this timely book Andrew Mumford sheds newlight on the dynamics and lineage of proxy warfare from the ColdWar to the War on Terror, whilst developing a cogent conceptualframework to explain their appeal.

Tracing the political and strategic development of proxy warsthroughout the last century, they emerge as a dominantcharacteristic of contemporary conflict. The book ably shows howproxy interventions often prolong existing conflicts given theperpetuity of arms, money and sometimes proxy fighters sponsored bythird party donors. Furthermore, it emphasizes why, given thedirection of the War on Terror, the rise of China as a globalpower, and the prominence now achieved by non-state actors in the‘Arab Spring’, the phenomenon of proxy warfare isincreasingly relevant to understandings of contemporary security.

Proxy Warfare is an indispensable guide for students andscholars interested in the evolution and potential future directionof war and conflict in the modern world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A brief yet trenchant analysis on a long-neglected phenomenon."
LSE Review of Books

"Proxy Warfare offers a compelling survey of likely explanations for why states and non-state actors use other parties to influence the course and outcomes of civil and international disputes. By separating the concept of proxy warfare from traditional understandings of third-party intervention in conflict, Mumford makes an important contribution to our understanding of war and international relations."
James J. Wirtz, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

"An original and important contribution to our understanding of contemporary conflict and the shape of future wars."
Caroline Kennedy, University of Hull

"This crucial book brings much-needed conceptual clarification, historical depth and empirically-grounded analysis to the phenomenon of proxy warfare, which will undoubtedly become an increasingly employed, yet potentially pernicious, tool of indirect intervention in local conflicts around the globe."
Sergio Catignani, Strategy & Security Institute, Exeter University

"The book has been carefully crafted into five chapters based on extensive research and in-depth analysis. The author has successfully captured the essence of proxy warfare and has been able to put forth explanations for its causes, conduct and consequences through number of case studies. This book will serve well for scholars, military commanders and policymakers alike."
Sanjiv Tomar, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi

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Meet the Author

Andrew Mumford is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: The Rise of Proxy Wars 1

1: What is Proxy War? 11

2: Why Does Proxy War Appeal? 30

3: Who Engages in Proxy War? 45

4: How Are Proxy Wars Fought? 61

5: The Future of Proxy War 76

Conclusion: The Continuing Appeal of Proxy Warfare 97

Notes 113

Bibliography 129

Index 140

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