Accession Number : ADA632421


Title :   Political Warfare and Contentious Politics


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Steward, Aaron L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a632421.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 155


Abstract : This thesis examines if increased Department of Defense (DOD) involvement in political warfare (PW) is justified through a qualitative, comparative analysis of U.S. PW actions conducted by the Department of State, Central Intelligence Agency, and DOD in two Cold War cases: Italy from 1943 1948 and Chile from 1961 1973. Concepts of strategy and social movement models of Doug McAdam, Charles Tilly, and Sidney Tarrow are applied to historical PW actions, both overt and covert. The case-study analysis clarifies each agency s conduct of PW and develops analytical tools to classify PW actions by approach and impact within the political setting. Data was collected from archives, declassified government documents, and expert analyses. Results indicate that, compared to other U.S. agencies, the DOD had a limited direct role in PW in the cases studied, but was an important enabler. In applying models of social movement theory to historical analysis, this thesis identifies and develops the contentious politics mobilization model s potential use in planning and evaluating PW strategies.


Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *POLITICAL PARTIES , CHILE , COLD WAR , COVERT OPERATIONS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , IMPACT , INTERACTIONS , ITALY , MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS , MILITARY INTELLIGENCE , NATIONAL DEFENSE , POLICIES , STRATEGY , THESES , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE