"How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict"
Journal Article, International Security, volume 26, issue 1, pages 93-128
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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