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Gambling with violence: state outsourcing of war in Pakistan and India

By: Biberman, Yelena.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Modern South Asia. Publisher: New Delhi Oxford University Press 2019Description: xv, 220 p.: ill. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9780190099800.Subject(s): Politics and government | Civil war | Alliances | Counterinsurgency | Non-state actors (International relations)DDC classification: 355.02180954 Summary: In Gambling with Violence, Yelena Biberman tackles a global problem that is particularly consequential for Pakistan and India: state outsourcing of violence to ordinary civilians, criminals, and ex-insurgents. Why would these countries gamble with their national security by outsourcing violence - arming nonstate actors inside their borders? Drawing on over 200 interviews, archival research, and fieldwork conducted across Asia, Europe, and North America, Biberman introduces the "balance-of-interests" thesis to deepen our understanding of state-nonstate alliances in a civil war. This framework centers on the distribution of power during war and shows how various combinations of interests result in distinct types of coalitions. Incorporating case studies of civil war and counterinsurgency, her book sheds light on how militias, alliances, and South Asian security connect today. https://india.oup.com/product/gambling-with-violence-9780190099800?searchbox_input=9780190099800
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: State-Nonstate Alliances in Civil War: A New Balance-of-Interests Theory
Chapter 3: Saving the House of Islam: Pakistan's "Volunteers" in the War of 1971
Chapter 4 "Guns Plus Interest:" Renegades and Villagers in India's Kashmir War
Chapter 5: Tribal "Awakenings" in Pakistan and India
Chapter 6: All the State's Proxies in Turkey and Russia
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Notes
Index

In Gambling with Violence, Yelena Biberman tackles a global problem that is particularly consequential for Pakistan and India: state outsourcing of violence to ordinary civilians, criminals, and ex-insurgents. Why would these countries gamble with their national security by outsourcing violence - arming nonstate actors inside their borders? Drawing on over 200 interviews, archival research, and fieldwork conducted across Asia, Europe, and North America, Biberman introduces the "balance-of-interests" thesis to deepen our understanding of state-nonstate alliances in a civil war. This framework centers on the distribution of power during war and shows how various combinations of interests result in distinct types of coalitions. Incorporating case studies of civil war and counterinsurgency, her book sheds light on how militias, alliances, and South Asian security connect today.

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