The Military Impact of Foreign Fighters on the Battlefield: The Case of the ISIL

We are pleased to announce the publication of the book: “Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond“, F. Capone, A. de Guttry, C. Paulussen (eds), Springer, 2016.

Here you’ll find all the details related to the edited volume that offers a broad and multidisciplinary perspective on the underexplored phenomenon of foreign fighters.

Here the “Table of contents”

The book “provides an overview of challenges, pays considerable attention to the status of foreign fighters, and addresses numerous approaches, both at the supranational and national level, on how to tackle this problem. Outstanding experts in the field – lawyers, historians and political scientists – contributed to the present volume, providing the reader with a multitude of views concerning this multifaceted phenomenon. Particular attention is paid to its implications in light of the armed conflicts currently taking place in Syria and Iraq“.

We have provided a contribution with the chapter: “The Military Impact of Foreign Fighters on the Battlefield: The Case of the ISIL” (by F.Coticchia).

Here below the abstract:

The so-called ‘foreign fighters’ are the most controversial example of the increasing relevance of transnational actors in global politics and contemporary warfare. The border between domestic and international security is becoming blurred due to the potential adverse impacts of these fighters, mainly in terms of consequences related to their experience on the ground (blowback effects, terrorist attacks, radical propaganda, etc.). Despite a mounting interest in this issue, scarce attention has been devoted to the mechanisms through which these foreign fighters are trained and, above all, the ways in which they spread military innovation and adapt across conflicts and crisesLooking at the case study of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), this chapter will investigate the patterns of the military involvement on the battlefield of foreign fighters as well as their role in the process of elaboration and diffusion of approaches, tactics and lessons learnt.

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