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New RAND report with many useful case studies

October 4, 2013

The RAND Corporation has published a new report: Paths to Victory: Lessons from Modern Insurgencies. The 275 page report is available for free online. Its 2010 predecessor, Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Sources of Success in Counterinsurgency contained analyses of 30 insurgencies that started and ended between 1978 and 2008. The latest report updates the original study and expands the data set, adding 41 new cases and comparing a total of 71 insurgencies that begun and were completed worldwide, since the Second World War. For example, the ten most recent ones are:

Tajikistan, 1992–1997; Georgia/Abkhazia, 1992–1994; Nagorno-Karabakh, 1992–1994; Bosnia, 1992–1995; Burundi, 1993–2003;  Chechnya, 1994–1996; Afghanistan (Taliban), 1996–2001; Zaire (anti-Mobutu), 1996–1997; Kosovo, 1996–1999; Nepal, 1997–2006 ; Democratic Republic of the Congo (anti-Kabila), 1998–2003.

Whilst the case studies are relatively short, the report contains a lot of useful information for those researching conflicts involving armed groups.

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