Michel Wyss

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Michel Wyss is a scientific assistant and lecturer on strategic studies at the Swiss Armed Forces’ Military Academy at ETH Zurich and a Ph.D. candidate at Leiden University. His research has been published in International Security and International Studies Review, among others, and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming “Routledge Handbook of Proxy Wars.”

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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