What are the societal and political consequences of the recognition of armed non-state actors (ANSAs) in the context of asymmetric conflicts? Based on a discussion of diverse contemporary examples the three authors present the state of research on recognition dynamics. They shed light on the ambivalences of recognition practises and “thick recognition” in asymmetric conflicts, revealing dilemmas and unintended consequences. They recommend further empirical research and knowledge transfer among practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to better understand the dynamics and draw benefits for international security and conflict management.
Pfeifer, Hanna / Geis, Anna / Clément, Maéva (2022): The Politics of Recognition, Armed Non-State Actors, and Conflict Transformation, PRIF Report 4/2022, DOI: 10.48809/prifrep2204.