Why do states overthrow and replace the governments of other states in some instances but not in others? Does foreign-imposed regime change (FIRC) achieve the goals of the intervening state, or does it more often backfire and undercut the intervener's interests? What are the effects of FIRC on the target state and the broader region? This presentation begins to address these important questions by examining the causes of the three-to-four dozen cases of FIRC in interstate wars over the past two centuries. A variety of hypotheses are investigated, including ideological differences or varying authority structures between governments, the two sides' relative strengths, shifts in the balance of power, and the costliness of the fighting.

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