In “You Can't Always Get What You Want,” Alexander Downes and Lindsey O'Rourke investigate whether foreign-imposed regime change (FIRC) improves interstate relations.1 With some exceptions, their answer is a resounding no. Not only does regime change rarely enhance relations between the intervening state and the target state, but it may make matters worse by exace rbating conflict. Downes and O'Rourke's study marks a significant contribution to analysts' understanding of foreign-imposed regime change and its utility as a tool of statecraft. One problem, however, is that Downes and O'Rourke do not adequately define success or failure independently of their empirical measures. This, in turn, makes it difficult to truly know whether regime change improves or worsens relations between intervener and...
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November 01 2017
Friends, Foes, and Foreign-Imposed Regime Change
Alexander B. Downes,
Michael Poznansky is Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Intelligence Studies in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
Alexander B. Downes
Alexander B. Downes is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.
Lindsey A. O'Rourke
Lindsey A. O'Rourke is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College.
Online Issn: 1531-4804
Print Issn: 0162-2889
© 2017 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
International Security (2017) 42 (2): 191–195.
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Michael Poznansky, Alexander B. Downes, Lindsey A. O'Rourke; Friends, Foes, and Foreign-Imposed Regime Change. International Security 2017; 42 (2): 191–195. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ISEC_c_00297
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