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Why Do the Strong Quit?: Causes of Counterinsurgent Withdrawal During Overseas Insurgencies

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Author: Doyle, Brian P.
Advisor: Shushan, Debra
Committee Members: Blouet, Brian W., 1936-; Levitan, Kathrin, 1977-
Issued Date: 2010-05-24
Subjects: Peace and conflict research
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/2068
Description: In the twentieth century, weak actors used guerrilla warfare in attempts to expel much stronger foreign forces from their territory with mixed success. This often occurred in European colonial empires as subject peoples sought independence. In such insurgencies or small wars, seldom can weaker actors ever hope to militarily vanquish the strong's forces. The weaker power must instead convince the strong power to quit the fight, for until the strong power decides to withdraw its forces, the weak has not won. My question is what causes a strong power, faced with an insurgency in a distant territory, to throw in the towel, withdrawing its forces and making terms with the insurgents?
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in International Relations

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