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Catastrophic Success: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Goes Wrong

Alexander B. Downes


This book compiles all instances of regime change around the world over the past two centuries. In doing so, the book shows that regime change increases the likelihood of civil war and violent leader removal in target states and fails to reduce the probability of conflict between intervening states and their targets. As the book demonstrates, when a state confronts an obstinate or dangerous adversary, the lure of toppling its government and establishing a friendly administration is strong. The historical record, however, shows that foreign-imposed regime change is, in the long term, not consis ... More

Keywords: regime change, civil war, conflict, foreign government, externally imposed leaders, diplomacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501761140
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501761140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander B. Downes, author
George Washington University