Long Wars: Demonstrating the Corrosive Effects of Irregular Wars on Dominant States
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Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2018, Pages: 43-54
Received: Nov. 21, 2017; Accepted: Dec. 4, 2017; Published: Jan. 2, 2018
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Phil W. Reynolds, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, USA
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Great powers overextend their security apparatus attempting to maintain an international system from which they benefit. Costly expenditures of internally mobilized hard power in irregular wars increases the the decline of relative power while externally mobilized power in the form of partisans may delay or defeat power transition. This paper examines the U. S. war in Vietnam and the Soviet war in Afghanistan in order to determine if long periods of irregular war had an effect on those state’s relative position in the internaitonal system. This paper will demonstrate that those wars eroded each position without the large, structural war predicted by normative IR theory.
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Internal Mobilization, External Mobilization, Power Transition, Irregular War, Dominant States
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Phil W. Reynolds, Long Wars: Demonstrating the Corrosive Effects of Irregular Wars on Dominant States, Social Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2018, pp. 43-54. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20180701.17
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