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Jonathan Monten

Jonathan Monten

Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2006–2007

 

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Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2006–2007

Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

 

 

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2014

Winter 2013/14

"Correspondence: Reevaluating Foreign-Imposed Regime Change"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 3, volume 38

By William G. Nomikos, Alexander B. Downes, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2007–2008 and Jonathan Monten, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2006–2007

William G. Nomikos responds to Alexander B. Downes and Jonathan Monten's Spring 2013 International Security article, "Forced to Be Free?: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Rarely Leads to Democratization."

 

2013

AP Photo/Maurizio Gambarini

Spring 2013

"Forced to Be Free? Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Rarely Leads to Democratization"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 4, volume 37

By Jonathan Monten, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2006–2007 and Alexander B. Downes, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2007–2008

Is military intervention effective in spreading democracy? Existing studies disagree. Optimists point to successful cases, such as the transformation of West Germany and Japan into consolidated democracies after World War II. Pessimists view these successes as outliers from a broader pattern of failure typified by cases such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

2008

February 2008 (Revised May 2008)

"Is There an "Emboldenment" Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency in Iraq"

Working Paper

By Jonathan Monten, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2006–2007 and Radha Iyengar

"Are insurgents affected by new information about the United States' sensitivity to costs? Using data on attacks and variation in access to international news across Iraqi provinces, we identify an "emboldenment" effect by comparing the rate of insurgent attacks in areas with higher and lower access to information about U.S. news after public statements critical of the war. We find that in periods after a spike in war-critical statements, insurgent attacks increases by 7–10 percent, but that this effect dissipates within a month. Additionally, we find that insurgents shift attacks from Iraqi civilian to U.S. military targets following new information about the United States' sensitivity to costs, resulting in more U.S. fatalities but fewer deaths overall. These results suggest that there is a small but measurable cost to open public debate in the form of higher attacks in the short-term, and that Iraqi insurgent organizations — even those motivated by religious or ideological goals — are strategic actors...."

 

2005

Spring 2005

"The Roots of the Bush Doctrine: Power, Nationalism, and Democracy Promotion in U.S. Strategy"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 4, volume 29

By Jonathan Monten, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2006–2007

Jonathan Monten attributes the Bush administration’s activist democracy promotion to two main factors: the expansion of material capabilities, and the presence of a nationalist domestic ideology.

 

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