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Wolfgang Minatti is a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. He has a background in Political Science and International Relations, and focuses on violent non-state actors and governance in civil wars. His PhD Research deals with the legitimation of state and non-state actors during civil war, seeking to develop a theoretical framework that allows to map and understand the processes that lead to the legitimation of actors in the eyes of a population.
Revisiting the US-led counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, we examine to what extent the concepts of legitimacy of the Taliban and the US counterinsurgents showed congruence with pre-existing Afghan notions of legitimacy. We move beyond dominant approaches of social contract theory and materialist legitimacy by using a threefold model of legi...
In this article, I examine the role of ‘hybrid warfare’ in the strategic thinking of non-Western and non-state strategists. Focussing on Chinese Strategic thought, I analyse the written strategic thinking of both Sun Tzu and Mao Tse-Tung. Offering a twofold framework of hybridity to clarify the vague and equivocal concept of ‘hybrid warfare’, I sho...
While realist theory suggests that power is the sole determinant of victory in conflicts, many wars throughout history have challenged this assumption. When examining asymmetric conflicts, it is observable that in many cases, strong actors are defeated by their weaker adversaries despite military superiority. The war in Afghanistan provides a conve...