RESEARCH

ALEXANDER B. DOWNES

The George Washington University

 

 

BOOK

Targeting Civilians in War. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008.

ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

16. "Forced to Be Free: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Rarely Leads to Democratization," International Security 37, no. 4 (Spring 2013): 90-131 (with Jonathan Monten; pdf).

15. "The Illusion of Democratic Credibility," International Organization 66, no. 3 (Summer 2012): 457-489 (with Todd S. Sechser; pdf).

14. "Military Culture and Civilian Victimization: The Allied Strategic Bombing of Germany in World War II,” in Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence, ed. Daniel Rothbart, Karina V. Korostelina and Mohammed Cherkaoui (New York: Routledge, 2012), 72-95 (pdf).

13. "Regime Change Doesn't Work," Boston Review 36, no. 5 (September/October 2011): 16-22. Available online here.

12. "The Myth of Choosy Democracies: Examining the Selection Effects Theory of Democratic Victory in War," H-Diplo | ISSF Roundtable 2, no. 12 (July 2011): 64-102 (pdf).

11. "Overt Peace, Covert War? Covert Intervention and the Democratic Peace," Security Studies 19, no. 2 (Summer 2010): 266-306 (with Mary Lauren Lilley; pdf).

10. "Targeting Civilians to Win? Assessing the Military Effectiveness of Civilian Victimization in Interstate War," in Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict, ed. Adria Lawrence and Erica Chenoweth (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010), 23-56 (with Kathryn McNabb Cochran; pdf).

9. "Correspondence: Another Skirmish in the Battle over Democracies and War," International Security 34, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 194-204 (pdf); my response to Dan Reiter and Allan Stam's letter to the editors of International Security regarding my article "How Smart and Tough Are Democracies?" Reprinted in Do Democracies Win Their Wars? An International Security Reader, ed. Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Coté, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011).

8. "How Smart and Tough Are Democracies? Reassessing Theories of Democratic Victory in War," International Security 33, no. 4 (Spring 2009): 9-51 (pdf). Reprinted in Do Democracies Win Their Wars? An International Security Reader, ed. Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Coté, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011).

7. "Restraint or Propellant? Democracy and Civilian Fatalities in Interstate Wars," Journal of Conflict Resolution 51, no. 6 (December 2007): 872-904 (pdf).

6. "Draining the Sea by Filling the Graves : Investigating the Effectiveness of Indiscriminate Violence as a Counterinsurgency Strategy," Civil Wars 9, no. 4 (December 2007): 420-444 (pdf).

5. "Introduction: Modern Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Comparative Perspective," Civil Wars 9, no. 4 (December 2007): 313-323 (pdf).

4. "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: The Causes of Civilian Victimization in War," International Security 30, no. 4 (Spring 2006): 152-195 (pdf).

3. "More Borders, Less Conflict? Partition as a Solution to Ethnic Wars," SAIS Review 26, no. 1 (Winter-Spring 2006): 49-61 (pdf).

2. "The Problem with Negotiated Settlements to Ethnic Civil Wars," Security Studies 13, no. 4 (Summer 2004): 230-279 (pdf). Reprinted in Living Together after Ethnic Killing: Exploring the Chaim Kaufmann Argument, ed. Roy Licklider and Mia Bloom (London: Routledge, 2006), 89-139.

1. "The Holy Land Divided: Defending Partition as a Solution to Ethnic Wars," Security Studies 10, no. 4 (Summer 2001): 58-116 (pdf).

WORKING PAPERS (available upon request)

1. "Catastrophic Success: Foreign-Imposed Regime Change and Civil War."

2. "Decapitation by FIRC: Foreign-Imposed Regime Change and the Fate of Leaders."

3. "No Business Like FIRC Business: Foreign-Imposed Regime Change and Bilateral Trade" (with Paul Zachary and Kathleen Deloughery).

4. "It's a Crime, but Is It a Blunder: The Efficacy of Targeting Civilians in War" (with Kathryn McNabb Cochran).

5. "Creating a Cordon Sanitaire: U.S. Strategic Bombing and Civilians in Korea."