Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

You Can't Always Get What You Want: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Seldom Improves Interstate Relations

| Fall 2016

Summary

In recent decades, the United States has attempted to overthrow the regimes of several other countries in the hopes that the new regimes will be friendly toward Washington. Does foreign-imposed regime change (FIRC) succeed in making target states more accommodating to interveners’ interests? A new dataset and an analysis of foreign interventions in the Congo Wars show that FIRC damages relations between intervener and target state more often than it improves them.


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For Academic Citation: Alexander B. Downes and Lindsey A. O'Rourke. You Can't Always Get What You Want: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Seldom Improves Interstate Relations.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 41. no. 2. (Fall 2016):
43–89
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