INST 310 Insurgency - Military Power(Processes The ways in...

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Military Power (Processes) The ways in which warfare can be used Conventional warfare (destroy opposing army) Coercion (impose costs on opposing states in order to influence their beha- vior) Genocide/cleansing (destroy population) Insurgency (control population). Insurgency (Characteristics) Irregular forces on at least one side (not conventional warfare, one party is doing something different than youd usually expect) Lack of clearly-defined battlefields or front lines (“war without fronts”) Can happen anywhere within the contested state Large asymmetry of combat power Insurgent side typically cannot fight directly against state military and does- n’t want to because they would get crushed. Little “combat” (military forces fighting against each other); many civilians victims as a result Lack of agreement over the basic terms of the conflict (contrast insurgency with conventional war). Serious disagreement on what defines victory or defeat Insurgency (examples)
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  • Fall '09
  • MatthewKocher
  • Civil War, Guerrilla warfare, Insurgency, Viet Minh

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