Assaf Moghadam

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Assaf Moghadam is the author of Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation among Terrorist Actors (Columbia University Press, 2017). On leave from the IDC Herzliya, he is a Senior Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, a Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Five Myths about Sponsor-Proxy Relationships

Editor’s Note: Minor powers, rebel groups, and other organizations often act as proxies for more powerful states or groups, which use them to fight (or commit) terrorism, counter rival regimes, or otherwise advance their interests. Despite the prevalence and importance of proxy war, it is often misunderstood. Assaf Moghadam of IDC Herzliya and Michel Wyss of the Swiss Armed Forces' Military Academy identify five myths about proxy war and offer more sophisticated ways for us to understand it.

Daniel Byman