Civil War Interventions and Their Benefits: Unequal Return
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The 2013 debate over whether the United States should intervene in the Syrian conflict raised important questions regarding the benefits countries receive when they intervene in civil wars, and how those benefits are distributed to the citizens of the intervening country. To address these lingering questions, Civil War Interventions and Their Benefits: Unequal Return offers readers a comprehensive examination of the intervention process, examining the decision to intervene, what motivates states, and how their intervention shapes the conflict process. Most importantly, this book examines how states benefit from their interventions and the distribution of intervenor benefits. Specifically, two questions are addressed: What are the benefits of intervention for intervening countries? And how are benefits distributed within the intervenor's society? Using evidence compiled from three case studies (El Salvador, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka), this book examines what motivated states to intervene, how they intervened, what they got from their intervention, and how the benefits of the intervention were distributed among the public. Arguing that foreign policy and security decision making is isolated from the general public, this book demonstrates that citizens gain little from indirect interventions into civil wars.
Castellano, Isaac M., "Civil War Interventions and Their Benefits: Unequal Return" (2015). Faculty & Staff Authored Books. 427.