Jacqueline L. Hazelton is an International Security Program Associate for 2020–2021. She is an assistant professor in the department of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College.

Hazelton specializes in international security. Her research interests include grand strategy, military intervention, counterinsurgency, terrorism, and U.S. foreign and military policy. She received her Ph.D. from the Brandeis University Politics Department. Her B.A. and first M.A. are in English Literature from the University of Chicago. Her second M.A., also from Chicago, is in international relations. Her book, Bullets Not Ballots: Success in Counterinsurgency Warfare, is forthcoming in May 2021 with the Cornell University Press Studies in Security Affairs series. At the Belfer Center, Hazelton will be writing her second book, which is on the reasons why Western great powers sometimes set ambitious liberalizing goals for military interventions.

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Bullets Not Ballots: Success in Counterinsurgency Warfare

| May 2021

In Bullets Not Ballots, Jacqueline L. Hazelton challenges the claim that winning "hearts and minds" is critical to successful counterinsurgency campaigns. Good governance, this conventional wisdom holds, gains the besieged government popular support, denies support to the insurgency, and enables military and political victory. Hazelton argues that major counterinsurgent successes since World War II have resulted not through democratic reforms but rather through the use of military force against civilians and the co-optation of rival elites.