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"How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict"

"How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict"

Journal Article, International Security, volume 26, issue 1, pages 93-128

Summer 2001

Author: Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2002-2009

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security



Ivan Arreguín-Toft of Harvard University offers a theory of asymmetric conflict to explain “how a weak actor’s strategy can make a strong actor’s power irrevlevant.” According to Arreguín-Toft, the interaction of actor strategies is the best predictor of asymmetric conflict outcomes. After providing quantitative and qualitative tests of his theory, he considers some of the implications of his thesis for both theory building and policymaking.


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For Academic Citation:

Arreguin-Toft, Ivan. "How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict." International Security 26, no. 1 (Summer 2001): 93-128.

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