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Framers, founders, and reformers: three generations of proxy war research

Rauta, V. (2021) Framers, founders, and reformers: three generations of proxy war research. Contemporary Security Policy, 42 (1). pp. 113-134. ISSN 1352-3260

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2020.1800240


The rapid expansion of the proxy wars literature invites an examination of its advances and developments. This article’s aims are three-fold. First, to assess proxy war literature with a view to understand how it has progressed knowledge. Second, to map the field’s effort to cumulate knowledge. Third, to think creatively about the future directions of this research agenda as it addresses a problem no longer at the periphery of contemporary security debates. This article proposes a novel categorization of the evolution of our thinking about proxy wars across three "generations": founders, framers, and reformers. Following on from this, it provides an assessment of the literature’s assumptions in order to show what remains, or not, under-studied. In doing so, it makes a case for a historiography of the idea of "proxy war," and one for embedding strategy in analyses of wars by proxy.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:91906

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