Accession Number : ADA306783

Title :   How Men Rebel. An Organizational Model for Insurgency.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Bender, William ; Johnson, Craig L.

PDF Url : ADA306783

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 246

Abstract : Internal conflict is steadily increasing in importance. Whether it is called low intensity conflict or operations other than war, current conflict theories do not adequately explain the dynamics of internal conflict nor provide clear prescriptive policy guidance. This thesis serves two purposes. The first is to provide a model to analyze and describe internal conflict dynamics. The second is to provide decision makers with a strategic, systemic framework to successfully conduct internal war. The thesis is divided into four sections. The first examines internal conflict theories and develops a model. The second tests the model in 3 case studies demonstrating the explanatory effectiveness of the model. The third looks at the theoretical and practical implications of the model for an external actor such as the United States. The fourth section concludes the study and highlights policy prescriptions. A systemic approach to internal war provides policy makers at the NSC, DOD and DOS with a useful and objective decision making tool.

Descriptors :   *ORGANIZATION THEORY, *POLITICAL REVOLUTION, *INSURGENCY, FOREIGN POLICY, ALGERIA, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, POLITICAL SCIENCE, DECISION MAKING, ISLAM, MILITARY DOCTRINE, DYNAMICS, THESES, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, INTERNAL, SYSTEMS APPROACH, STRATEGIC WARFARE, MILITARY PLANNING, INTERVENTION, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, SOCIAL SCIENCES, COUNTERINSURGENCY.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE