Applying Offensive Realism Theory to Non-State Terrorist Groups

  • 2015

Applying Offensive Realism Theory to Non-State Terrorist Groups

Author:
Marshall McGurk
Abstract:

Traditional international relations (IR) theories are noticeably absent when discussing non-state terrorist groups and counterterrorism. Sovereign states hold a primary and sole position within the international system as far as IR theory is concerned; however, non-state terrorist groups seek power, domination, and compete with one another similarly to states. This paper argues that offensive realism theory is useful in understanding and dealing with non-state actors engaged in international terrorism.