My latest is up at Literally, Darling today, and it's a backgrounder on non-state actors. It's the second part of a two piece series, the first of which can be found here. I was really excited to write this piece, since the conflation of organizations and the broad application of "terrorist" is one of the things that really gets me frustrated about international affairs.
"The result of this kind of conflation is the masking of complicated political relationships. It can also justify violence used to repress political organizations with legitimate public backing, giving governments a banner to wave as they crackdown on citizens. When we aren’t clearly drawing necessary distinctions, we’re ignoring regional history, political structure, and local support. As such, policy fails to address this interwoven relationship and often creates more problems than it addresses."
You can read the rest of the piece at Literally, Darling.
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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