Covert regime change : America's secret Cold War

O'Rourke, Lindsey A., author

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  • Creator Lindsey A. O'Rourke
  • Format Books
  • Publication Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press, 2018. ©2018
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  • Physical Details
    • xiv, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781501730658, 1501730657
  • OCLC on1028909343


  • "This study is the first to systematically assemble an original dataset of all American regime change operations during the Cold War. The United States attempted more than 10 times more covert than overt regime changes. The author asks three questions: What motivates states to attempt foreign regime changes? Why do states prefer to conduct these operations covertly, as opposed to overtly? How successful are these missions in achieving their foreign policy goals?"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • The false promise of covert regime change -- Causes : why do states launch regime changes? -- Conduct : why do states intervene covertly versus overtly? -- Consequences : how effective are covert regime changes? -- Overview of U.S.-backed regime changes during the Cold War -- Fostering communist heresy in Eastern Europe -- Containment, coup d'etat and the covert war in Vietnam -- Dictators and democrats in the Dominican Republic -- Covert regime change after the Cold War
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