“Draining the Sea”: Mass Killing and Guerrilla Warfare

  title={“Draining the Sea”: Mass Killing and Guerrilla Warfare},
  author={Benjamin Valentino and Paul K. Huth and Dylan Balch-Lindsay},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={375 - 407}
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