NON-STATE ACTORS

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. Examples of non-state actors include paramilitary organizations, guerilla groups, non-governmental organization, transnational corporations, and private financial groups.