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How the Weak Win Wars

How the Weak Win Wars
A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521839761

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  • How do the weak defeat the strong? Ivan Arreguín-Toft argues that, although many factors affect asymmetric conflict outcomes (for example, the relative power of the actors, their weapons technology, and outside support), the interaction of each actor's strategy is the best explanation. Supporting his argument with combined statistical and comparative case study analysis, Arreguín-Toft's strategic interaction theory has implications not only for international relations theorists, but for policy makers grappling with interstate and civil wars, as well as terrorism.

    • Engages both academic and policy audiences on an important and timely topic: how the weak defeat the strong
    • The book's theory can be applied to a broad range of conflicts, including business competition and terrorism
    • The book combines a broad statistical analysis with in-depth historical case studies
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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521839761
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. Explaining asymmetric conflict outcomes
    3. Russia in the Caucasus: the Murid War, 1830–59
    4. Britain in Orange Free State and Transvaal: the South African War, 1899–1902
    5. Italy in Ethiopia: the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935–40
    6. The United States in Vietnam: the Vietnam War, 1965–73
    7. The USSR in Afghanistan: the Afghan Civil War, 1979–89
    8. Conclusion
    Appendix
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Ivan Arreguín-Toft, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Ivan Arreguín-Toft is Fellow at the International Security Program, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has authored numerous conference papers and his articles have appeared in International Security and The Cambridge Review of International Affairs. He is a veteran of the US Army where he served in Augsburg, Germany as a military intelligence analyst from 1985 to 1987.

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