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Author Molloy, Ivan

Title Rolling back revolution : the emergence of low intensity conflict / Ivan Molloy
Published London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2001


Description 1 online resource (xi, 228 pages)
Contents A Fresh Perspective -- The Argument in a Nutshell -- LIC in Context -- A New Perspective -- The Approach -- The Scope -- Terminology -- What is LIC? -- The Strategy's Broad Thrust -- A Definition of Low Intensity Conflict -- The LIC Conflict Profile -- The Need for Context? -- An Inevitable Strategy: LIC's Emergence in Context -- Continuity and Discontinuity -- Old and New -- The Status of LIC -- The Development of the Full Profile -- An Expected Foreign Policy Initiative? -- From Approach to Strategy -- Self-Analysis and Debate: The Influence of Vietnam -- The Debate Within the Reagan Administration and the Military -- Evidence of LIC Gaining Coherence -- The Strategy Emerges -- The Reagan Doctrine: Selling LIC To America -- What was the Reagan Doctrine? -- The Reagan Doctrine as an Expression of Low Intensity Conflict -- Central America: The Strategy's Proving Ground? -- Central America as the Focus of US Foreign Policy -- The Determinants of LIC -- The Determinants/Preconditions for LIC -- The Emergence of Low Intensity Conflict -- Nicaragua and Revolutionary LIC -- The Political/Psychological Dimension -- The Economic Dimension -- The Military Dimension -- The Civic Action Dimension -- Nicaragua and the Strategy of LIC -- LIC in the Philippines? -- The Determinants of the Response -- The Need for a New Approach -- The Reagan Administration Responds -- The Third Way -- The LIC Response -- LIC Characteristics -- The Collective Response -- The Counter-Revolutionary Profile -- The Political/Psychological Dimension
Summary Ivan Molloy analyses the de facto foreign policy strategy of low intensity conflict (LIC) as propagated by the United States. He recounts how LIC emerged during the Reagan Administration as a way of counteracting the legacy left by the Vietnam War, which constrained America from getting involved in direct military intervention. Part covert, part overt, LIC was developed as a low-cost and low-risk method of dealing with revolutionary movements and post-revolutionary governments (usually Marxist) considered threatening to national interests. As such, this secretive strategy was an integral component of the Iran-Contra affair, and at the heart of the Reagan Doctrine. Molloy argues that LIC was a means of civilianising and privatising America's foreign policy. He reveals that LIC was always more of a political, rather than military, tool. The United States used LIC selectively in the 1980s to combat guerrilla movements and undermine targeted regimes to achieve its foreign policy objectives. The author uses Nicaragua and the Philippines as major case studies to analyse the profile of this multi-dimensional strategy as it emerged in the 1980s. He also demonstrates - using such examples as Cuba, Yugoslavia and East Timor - that this complex strategy is still evident today and even pursued by other states
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Low-intensity conflicts (Military science) -- United States
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Globalization.
Diplomatic relations.
Low-intensity conflicts (Military science)
Military policy.
Begrenzter Krieg
Conflits de basse intensité -- États-Unis -- 1970-2000.
SUBJECT United States -- Foreign relations -- 1981-1989.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
United States -- Military policy.
Subject United States.
États-Unis -- Relations extérieures -- 1989- ...
États-Unis -- Relations extérieures -- 1981-1989.
États-Unis -- Politique militaire -- 1970-2000.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00012925
ISBN 9781849641081