Toppling Foreign Governments

Toppling Foreign Governments
Author : Melissa Willard-Foster
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages : 344
Release : 2018-12-18
ISBN 10 : 9780812251043
ISBN 13 : 0812251040
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Toppling Foreign Governments Book Description:

In 2011, the United States launched its third regime-change attempt in a decade. Like earlier targets, Libya's Muammar Qaddafi had little hope of defeating the forces stacked against him. He seemed to recognize this when calling for a cease-fire just after the intervention began. But by then, the United States had determined it was better to oust him than negotiate and thus backed his opposition. The history of foreign-imposed regime change is replete with leaders like Qaddafi, overthrown after wars they seemed unlikely to win. From the British ouster of Afghanistan's Sher Ali in 1878 to the Soviet overthrow of Hungary's Imre Nagy in 1956, regime change has been imposed on the weak and the friendless. In Toppling Foreign Governments, Melissa Willard-Foster explores the question of why stronger nations overthrow governments when they could attain their aims at the bargaining table. She identifies a central cause—the targeted leader's domestic political vulnerability—that not only gives the leader motive to resist a stronger nation's demands, making a bargain more difficult to attain, but also gives the stronger nation reason to believe that regime change will be comparatively cheap. As long as the targeted leader's domestic opposition is willing to collaborate with the foreign power, the latter is likely to conclude that ousting the leader is more cost effective than negotiating. Willard-Foster analyzes 133 instances of regime change, ranging from covert operations to major military invasions, and spanning over two hundred years. She also conducts three in-depth case studies that support her contention that domestically and militarily weak leaders appear more costly to coerce than overthrow and, as long as they remain ubiquitous, foreign-imposed regime change is likely to endure.


RELATED BOOKS:
Toppling Foreign Governments
Language: en
Pages: 344
Authors: Melissa Willard-Foster
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-12-18 - Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

In 2011, the United States launched its third regime-change attempt in a decade. Like earlier targets, Libya's Muammar Qaddafi had little hope of defeating the forces stacked against him. He seemed to recognize this when calling for a cease-fire just after the intervention began. But by then, the United States
Freeing Speech
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: John Denvir
Categories: Law
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03 - Publisher: NYU Press

The United States is in the midst of a heated conversation over how the Constitution impacts national security. In a traditional reading of the document, America uses military force only after a full and informed national debate. However, modern presidents have had unparalleled access to the media as well as
The Origins of Overthrow
Language: en
Pages: 257
Authors: Payam Ghalehdar
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Emotional frustration and US regime change -- The 1906 intervention in Cuba -- The 1909-1912 intervention in Nicaragua -- US dealings with the Dominican Republic, 1963-65 -- US dealings with Iran, 1979-80 -- US dealings with Iraq, 2001-03.
Loss of Innocence
Language: en
Pages: 220
Authors: Melvin E. Matthews Jr.
Categories: Fraud
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-05-01 - Publisher: Algora Publishing

America was certainly the big winner of World War II, being the last major country intact. Euphoria, hubris, and a naive self-confidence became hallmarks of the people. This hubris was dented a bit in the 1950s when scandals erupted around the TV quiz shows that made everyoe feel so smart,
In the Shadow of International Law
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Michael Poznansky
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-28 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Secrecy is a staple of world politics and a pervasive feature of political life. Leaders keep secrets as they conduct sensitive diplomatic missions, convince reluctant publics to throw their support behind costly wars, and collect sensitive intelligence about sworn enemies. In the Shadow of International Law explores one of the