Fred Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace spoke to Crisis Response Council recently and explained why external actors should resist the creation of new militias in post-conflict settings. Drawing on the example of Libya, he explained that militia engagement can work when outside support is task specific and is not later used by militias to entrench their powers or go after rivals. The counter-ISIS campaign is a good example of this.
Militia engagement in post-conflict settings
Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment