Journal Article - H-Diplo | Robert Jervis International Security Studies Forum

H-Diplo|RJISSF Roundtable 15-26 on Hazelton, Bullets not Ballots

| Feb. 02, 2024


Jacqueline L. Hazelton's Bullets not Ballots: Success in Counterinsurgency Warfare (Cornell University Press, 2021) is the subject of a Roundtable Review.

Front Cover of Bullets not Ballots

From the Introduction: 

When I began my professional career in the mid-aughts, counterinsurgency, or “COIN,” was beginning to supplant counterterrorism as the most important buzzword in Washington, DC. The steadily expanding civil war in Iraq and insurgency in Afghanistan—not to mention conflicts in other countries like Somalia—convinced foreign policy elites (and wannabe elites like me) that the United States needed to do more than gain intelligence on terrorist networks, disrupt their activities, and enhance homeland security. The United States needed to build (or rebuild) functioning societies, which would ideally be ruled by liberal democratic governments, to ensure long-term security. Effective counterinsurgency strategies were the way to do this....


Introduction by Peter S. Henne, University of Vermont

Review by Jahara Matisek, US Air Force Academy

Review by Asfandyar Mir, United States Institute of Peace

Review by Douglas Porch, Naval Postgraduate School

Response by Jacqueline L. Hazelton, International Security, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School 

For more information on this publication: Belfer Communications Office
For Academic Citation:

Henne, Peter S., Jahara Matisek, Asfandyar Mir, Douglas Porch and Jacqueline L. Hazelton. "H-Diplo|RJISSF Roundtable 15-26 on Hazelton, Bullets not Ballots." H-Diplo | Robert Jervis International Security Studies Forum, (February 2, 2024).

The Authors