The Proxy Phenomenon

Definition

The concept of the Proxy Phenomenon relates to the sphere of international relations and refers to a system of actors within which a Proxy entity is empowered and instigated to act on behalf of a Sponsor in relation to an objective.

Background

Since the mid-20th century, the Proxy Phenomenon has been exhibited in a number of contexts:​

  1. State Proxy – During the Cold War era, superpowers activated Proxy states and organizations to serve and represent their interests and to engage in conflict with one another. This form of Proxy avoided direct superpower confrontation and mitigated the threat of nuclear war.

  2. Terror by Proxy – Since the 1970s and 80s, non-superpower states, often rogue or weak states, began supporting and instigating terror organizations to represent and serve their interests.

Tags

Two State Solution, Diaspora Relations, Delegitimization, Partner for Peace, Emergency Management

2006-04-01

Concept Paper

National Security

Regional Security

Since the 1970s and 80s, non-superpower states, often rogue or weak states, began supporting and instigating terror organizations to represent and serve their interests.

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