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NEW BOOK FROM PLUTO PRESS:

Outsourced Empire: How Militias, Mercenaries, and Contractors Support US
Statecraft

By Andrew Thomson

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'A timely and critical look at the evolution, formation, and role of US
propelled paramilitarism ... a vital study' - Jeb Sprague, University of
California, Santa Barbara, author of Paramilitarism and the Assault on
Democracy in Haiti (Monthly Review Press, 2012)

'Existing works which seek to explain US foreign policy in imperial terms
do not pay sufficient attention to the consistent use of para-state
networks. Thomson corrects this lacuna, through detailed empirical analyses
... an original and distinctive book' - Sam Raphael, Senior Lecturer in
Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

There has been a shift in the way that we understand the forces behind
imperialism. In this book, Andrew Thomson re-evaluates the history of US
imperialism, from the Cold War to today, by looking at the influence of
paramilitary actors.

Thomson reveals how these agents are central to US imperialism - from the
Guatemalan coup to the Bay of Pigs, from Syrian rebel factions to the
Soviet-Afghan War, bringing these narratives together to reveal the
evolution of paramilitary insurgencies across the globe. Militias,
mercenaries, and private companies (PMCs) have formed a central part of the
strategies designed to influence political and economic conditions abroad,
oriented towards the US’s Empire.

Drawing on declassified documents including US training manuals, CIA
communiqués and the National Security Archive, Outsourced Empire reveals
new evidence that helps us understand these institutions and their
collective role in maintaining global order.

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Andrew Thomson is a Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and Research
Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. He
researches in the areas of pro-government militias and paramilitaries,
dynamics of violence in civil wars, US foreign policy, the Colombian
conflict and peace process, and US counterinsurgency and ‘irregular’
warfare.

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PAPERBACK: JUNE 2018 / 256 PAGES / ISBN 9780745337036 / £19.99

AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK

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