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Eating Crow, Damascus Stylee

Over at Political Violence at a Glance Andy Kydd describes the situation in Syria this way: We are now past at least 70,000 dead in the Syrian conflict and mass atrocities are being committed on an almost daily basis. That reminds me … Continue reading

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Did Charles Tilly Labor in Vain?

Last week Jonathan Panikoff posted a stream of clap-trap and nonsense at Small Wars Journal to support his headline that, in Syria, “The True Chaos Will Begin After the Fall of the Regime.” Why do I sigh?  Mr. Panikoff is, … Continue reading

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The 5% Rule and Indiscriminate Killing of Civilians

Source: Satellite image of Qabun neighborhood, 18 July 2012, (c)DigitalGlobe A remarkably successful bombing yesterday in Damascus has me reflecting on Mark Lichbach’s 5% Rule conjecture that no government can survive an active mobilization of five percent of its citizens.   … Continue reading

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