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The Political Context Behind Successful Revolutionary Movements, Three Case Studies: Vietnam (1955-63), Algeria (1945-62), and Nicaragua (1967-79)

Raymond Millen
Format
Book; Government Document; Online; EBook
Published
Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, [2008]
Language
English
ISBN
9781584873464, 1584873469
Summary
Following the collapse of the Soviet Empire, the new world order did not bring about a closure of revolutionary warfare. In fact, the Soviet-inspired wars of liberation against imperialism have been eclipsed by reactionary, jihadist wars. By all indications in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia, and Iraq, Islamic militants have embraced revolutionary warfare, although not Mao's People's War model. Therefore, a study of revolutionary warfare is apt because the conflict between the West and radical jihadism will continue to take place in dysfunctional, collapsing, or failed states. The author examines the political-military lessons from these conflicts and suggests that the United States should minimize the level and type of assistance to states fighting in an insurgency because these states possess greater advantages than previously supposed.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Political context framework
  • Republic of Vietnam, 1955-63
  • Algeria, 1945-62
  • Nicaragua, 1967-79
  • Conclusions
  • Strategic insights
  • Recommendations.
Description
xii, 73 p. ; 23 cm.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
  • "March 2008."
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 58-73).
Other Forms
Electronic version also available on the SSI website.
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