The Strategic Logic of Covert Regime Change: US-Backed Regime Change Campaigns during the Cold War

  title={The Strategic Logic of Covert Regime Change: US-Backed Regime Change Campaigns during the Cold War},
  author={Lindsey A. O’Rourke},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={127 - 92}
Abstract Covert regime change is a common instrument of statecraft states use to promote their national security interests abroad. This study employs an original dataset of all US-backed covert regime change attempts during the Cold War. It shows that the United States attempted far more regime changes than is commonly known because Washington intervened covertly—as opposed to overtly—ten times more frequently during these missions: sixty-four covert regime change attempts versus six overt… 
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