Foreign Intervention, Warfare and Civil Wars: External Assistance and Belligerents' Choice of Strategy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Foreign Intervention, Warfare and Civil Wars

External Assistance and Belligerents' Choice of Strategy, 1st Edition

By Adam Lockyer

Routledge

238 pages

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This book examines the impact of foreign intervention in the course and nature of warfare in civil wars.

Throughout history, foreign intervention in civil wars has been the rule rather than the exception. The involvement of outside powers can have a dramatic impact on the course and nature of internal conflicts. Despite this, there has been little research which has sought to explain how foreign intervention influences the course of civil wars. This book seeks to rectify this gap. It examines the impact of foreign intervention on the warfare that characterises civil wars through by studying the cases of the Angolan and Afghan civil wars. It investigates how foreign resources affect the military power of the recipient belligerent, and examines how changes in the balance of capabilities influence the form of warfare that characterises a civil war. Warfare in civil wars is often highly fluid, with belligerents adapting their respective strategies in response to shifts in the balance of military capabilities. This book shows how the intervention of foreign powers can manipulate the balance of capabilities between the civil war belligerents and change the dominant form of warfare. The findings presented in this book offer key insights for policy-makers to navigate the increasing internationalization of civil wars around the globe.

This book will be of much interest to students of civil wars, intra-state conflict, war and conflict studies, and security studies.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. Introduction

2. The Study of Foreign Intervention in Civil Wars

Part II: A Theory of Foreign Intervention, Warfare and Civil Wars

3. External Resources and Belligerents’ Capabilities

4. Foreign Intervention and Warfare Conversion in Civil War

Part III: Case Studies and Empirical Observations

5. The Dynamics of Warfare in the Angolan Civil War

6. Foreign Intervention and Warfare in the Angolan Civil War

7. The Dynamics of Warfare in the Afghan Civil War

8. Foreign Intervention and Warfare in the Afghan Civil War

Part IV: Findings and Conclusion

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Adam Lockyer is Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University, Australia, and author of Australia’s Defence Strategy: Evaluating Alternatives for a Contested Asia (2017).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Civil Wars and Intra-State Conflict

This series publishes theoretically rigorous and empirically original scholarship on all aspects of armed intrastate conflict, including its causes, nature, impacts, patterns of violence, and resolution. It also publishes books which explore debates about the politics, sociological aspects and economics of civil wars, and their international dimensions. The series has a broad intellectual remit designed to be open to a range of academic methodologies and interests, including innovative empirical approaches, and welcomes work on specific armed conflicts and the micro-dynamics of violence, on broad patterns and cross-national analyses of civil wars, and on historical perspectives as well as contemporary challenges. It also seeks to explore the policy implications of conflict analysis, especially as it relates to international security, intervention and peacebuilding.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS001000
HISTORY / Africa / General
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General