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1. Brongers, Kevin. A more satisfying view on why big nations lose small wars: the decisive elements for asymmetric conflict outcome.

Degree: 2017, Leiden University

Military conflicts with a significant difference in military power or strategy between two opponents are called asymmetric conflicts. Since World War II, research proves military and technological superiority proved to be a highly unreliable ground to predict the outcome of wars. This thesis aims to develop a more satisfying answer on why big nations lose small wars in asymmetric conflicts. The weaknesses and strengths of the currently leading explanations on asymmetric conflict outcome are assessed and combined. Instead of creating another rival view, currently known decisive elements for asymmetric conflict outcome are combined in a new, more comprehensive model. Although further research should assess the significance of the individual variables and the relevance of possible other variables, this thesis concludes that if the duration of an asymmetric conflict is short, the external political pressure aimed at the strong actor is low, the internal political pressure in the home country of the strong actor is low, a symmetrical military strategy is adopted and the strong actor received more military support from an external actor than its opponent, the strong actor is most likely to win the asymmetric conflict. Advisors/Committee Members: Regilme, Santino (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: global conflict; asymmetric conflict; Mack; Arreguin-Toft

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APA (6th Edition):

Brongers, K. (2017). A more satisfying view on why big nations lose small wars: the decisive elements for asymmetric conflict outcome. (Masters Thesis). Leiden University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1887/56028

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Brongers, Kevin. “A more satisfying view on why big nations lose small wars: the decisive elements for asymmetric conflict outcome.” 2017. Masters Thesis, Leiden University. Accessed March 18, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1887/56028.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Brongers, Kevin. “A more satisfying view on why big nations lose small wars: the decisive elements for asymmetric conflict outcome.” 2017. Web. 18 Mar 2019.

Vancouver:

Brongers K. A more satisfying view on why big nations lose small wars: the decisive elements for asymmetric conflict outcome. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Leiden University; 2017. [cited 2019 Mar 18]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/56028.

Council of Science Editors:

Brongers K. A more satisfying view on why big nations lose small wars: the decisive elements for asymmetric conflict outcome. [Masters Thesis]. Leiden University; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/56028

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