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From Resilience to RevolutionHow Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East$
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Sean Yom

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175647

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175647.001.0001

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The Geopolitical Origins of Durable Political Order

The Geopolitical Origins of Durable Political Order

(p.209) 9 The Geopolitical Origins of Durable Political Order
From Resilience to Revolution

Sean L. Yom

Columbia University Press

The book draws the following lesson: policy makers should think twice when intervening abroad to support favored client governments besieged by opposition. Giving rulers the ability to overcome societal challengers can sabotage the future by encouraging them to make narrow coalitional and institutional choices that may secure their immediate existence but leaves them highly vulnerable to future opposition from their societies.

Keywords:   Coercion, Rent, Autocracy, Strategy, Hegemony, policy

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