David Ucko

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David H. Ucko is an associate professor at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University. He is the author of "Counterinsurgency in Crisis" (Columbia University Press, 2013) and "The New Counterinsurgency Era" (Georgetown University Press, 2009). His most recent article is “‘The People are Revolting’: An Anatomy of Authoritarian Counterinsurgency” in the Journal of Strategic Studies. Follow him on Twitter: @daviducko.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Cruel to be Kind: Authoritarian Counterinsurgency and the Winning of Hearts and Minds

Editor's Note: Dictators fight insurgents wrong. Rather than redress grievances and win over the locals, they repress and coopt, tolerating corruption and abuses. David Ucko of National Defense University explores why and how dictators often defeat insurgents despite ignoring the lessons of the US and other democracies.

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