Differences Between Non- State Actors And Nation- States

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This paper will be discussing the difference between non- state actors and nation- states. It will have detailed examples of each and in what ways they are different as well as similar. Through the examples you will have a better understanding and see them more clearly. The definition of a nation state is an organization that forms under one government and acts upon one government. The definition of a non- state actor is an individual or organization that’s actions are not allied to any nation or government. To start this out I would like to talk about the analytical part of this threat because I feel that is an important part of the nation state. Nation state threats are important to look at in the intelligence community because they are at times difficult to analyze. Being part of a nation state means they have resources that can make our collection and analytical platforms difficult to use. This is important because the Intelligence Community has taken somewhat of a back seat on focusing on nation state threats. The focus has been more towards non- state actors this being because of the war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade. The United States is, as I like to refer to as a reactive type of nation instead of a proactive nation. What I mean by that is we as a nation react to the threat at hand instead of working towards preventing a threat towards the nation. Analyzing non- actor states is somewhat easier because they do not have access to the same…
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