Roundtable on Kimberly Marten. Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States

H-Diplo | ISSF Roundtable, Volume V, No. 1 (2013)

How can we understand the important phenomenon of modern-day warlords, often associated with state failure and transborder criminality even as state leaders frequently rely upon them as a source of order or peace in the most difficult of conditions? Kimberly Marten’s Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States blazes a new trail in answering this question, adopting an explicitly inductive approach to theory-building through the study of four important cases of warlordism: Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Georgia’s strongmen in Ajara and the Kodori Gorge, the Sons of Iraq, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s creation in Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.

This engagingly written book makes a number of major arguments, perhaps the most central of which being that…

Introduction by Henry E. Hale

Reviewed by
David M. Edelstein
Matthew Evangelista
William Reno

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