GPIS Dissertation Defense

Old Dominion University

College of Arts and Letters

The Graduate Program in International Studies

 

Doctoral Dissertation Defense

 

William R. Patterson

 

Can Democracies Win Counterinsurgencies?

Abstract:

This dissertation focuses on the question of whether democracies can win counterinsurgency conflicts by examining the arguments on both sides.  This is done first by a conceptual analysis of the arguments and secondly by an examination of three case studies: Malaysia, Vietnam, and Iraq.  This analysis demonstrates that the arguments against the ability of democracies to win counterinsurgencies is not as strong as many scholars currently believe.  Secondly, this research demonstrates that a population-based, culturally-informed, counterinsurgency strategy provides a plausible avenue of victory for democratic states faced with insurgencies.  Though such a strategy cannot guarantee success, the more closely it is followed the more likely success will be.

 

Committee Chair:              Dr. Kurt Taylor Gaubatz

Committee Members: Dr. David Earnest

                                  Dr. William Brenner

 

 

 

8009 Batten Arts and Letters Building

December 4, 2013

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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