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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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