28 Feb '13, 8am

Supporting Rebels: Three Conditions for Success

Supporting Rebels: Three Conditions for Success

Under what conditions can aid for rebels achieve policy objectives and avoid producing instability and humanitarian catastrophe? I argue that three guidelines should be followed if aid is to be provided to rebels: the rebel factions should be united before aid is given, there should be only one source of aid, and the targeted state should lack the capability to draw upon extensive external support. Looking at two cases where these conditions were lacking, Cuban support for the Guatemalan rebels in the 1950s and American support for the Afghan Mujahedeen, I find reason to believe that the lack of these conditions explains the severe costs for humanitarian objectives and stability. Comparing these cases to two cases where the conditions were met, Cuban support for rebels in El Salvador and American support for the Northern Alliance after 9/11, I find reason to believe that w...

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