Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security
Influencing Clients in Counterinsurgency: U.S. Involvement in El Salvador’s Civil War, 1979–92
In foreign counterinsurgency campaigns from Vietnam to Afghanistan, the United States has often found local elites to be more hindrance than help. Client governments resist U.S.-prescribed reforms crucial to counterinsurgency success because such reforms would undermine their power. The history of the United States’ involvement in El Salvador’s civil war shows that placing strict conditions on military and economic aid is crucial to gaining client governments’ compliance.
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