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Bullets Not Ballots: Success in Counterinsurgency Warfare

Jacqueline L. Hazelton


This book challenges the claim that winning “hearts and minds” is critical to successful counterinsurgency campaigns. Good governance, this conventional wisdom holds, gains the besieged government popular support, denies support to the insurgency, and makes military victory possible. The book argues that major counterinsurgent successes since World War II have resulted not through democratic reforms but rather through the use of military force against civilians and the co-optation of rival elites. The book offers new analyses of five historical cases frequently held up as examples of the effec ... More

Keywords: counterinsurgency campaigns, good governance, military force, Malayan Emergency, Greek Civil War, Huk Rebellion, Dhofar Rebellion, Salvadoran Civil War, compellence, counterinsurgent success

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501754784
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501754784.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline L. Hazelton, author
U.S. Naval War College