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Proxy War
The Least Bad Option
Tyrone L. Groh


264 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9781503608184
Ebook ISBN: 9781503608733

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The U.S. has indirectly intervened in international conflicts on a relatively large scale for decades. Yet little is known about the immediate usefulness or long-term effectiveness of contemporary proxy warfare. In cases when neither direct involvement nor total disengagement are viable, proxy warfare is often the best option, or, rather, the least bad option. Tyrone L. Groh describes the hazards and undesirable aspects of this strategy, as well as how to deploy it effectively.

Proxy War explores the circumstances under which indirect warfare works best, how to evaluate it as a policy option, and the possible risks and rewards. Groh offers a fresh look at this strategy, using uncommon and understudied cases to test the concepts presented. These ten case studies investigate and illustrate the different types and uses of proxy war under varying conditions. What arises is a complete theoretical model of proxy warfare that can be applied to a wide range of situations. Proxy war is here to stay and will likely become more common as players on the international stage increasingly challenge U.S. dominance, making it more important than ever to understand how and when to deploy it.

About the author

Tyrone L. Groh is Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a decorated U.S. Air Force officer.

"Proxy War offers an excellent assessment of one of today's most important, and least understood, forms of warfare. Tyrone Groh compellingly argues that proxy war is often essential and yet often falls short."

—Daniel Byman, Georgetown University

"The conceptual thinking Tyrone Groh offers on how to frame and understand this type of war is genuinely thought-provoking. This book offers a thorough analysis of the decision-making processes at multiple levels that lead to proxy wars occurring."

—Andrew Mumford, University of Nottingham