Journal Article - International Security

How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict

| Summer 2001


Ivan Arreguín-Toft of Harvard University offers a theory of asymmetric conflict to explain “how a weak actor’s strategy can make a strong actor’s power irrevlevant.” According to Arreguín-Toft, the interaction of actor strategies is the best predictor of asymmetric conflict outcomes. After providing quantitative and qualitative tests of his theory, he considers some of the implications of his thesis for both theory building and policymaking.

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For Academic Citation: Arreguin-Toft, Ivan. How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict.” International Security, vol. 26. no. 1. (Summer 2001):