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Why Do Resistance Movements Succeed and Governments Fail?

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What are the political-military parameters that lead to the success of resistance movements? What constraints (legal or otherwise) contribute to government failure in such conflicts? What government counterinsurgency approaches, methods, and objectives have proven to be most successful? Which have proven to be least successful or even counterproductive? In what ways could governments be more successful in countering armed resistance or insurgency? In what ways could governments be more successful in countering nonviolent civil resistance?


  • Alter, William C., "The French Resistance: Learning from the Past to Improve Joint Doctrine," GCPME/ACSC, 2021, 58 pgs.