State actors, put simply, are governments and nations, and represent the major players in the world of international relations. Organizations within these states, such as a nation's intelligence service or foreign ministry, are viewed as continuations of state actors due to the fact their actions are taken on the behalf of a state or government. For a full list, visit The Argo Initiative's database page.
Non-state actors are entities that exercise significant combat, economic, political, or social power at the regional or international level, yet control no territory, are not recognized as a state, or do not have ambitions of becoming a state actor. Although non-state actors may be supported financially, militarily, and politically by state actors, they maintain a degree of independence and flexibility. For a full list, visit The Argo Initiative's database page.