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A Dynamic Model of Insurgency: The Case of the War in Iraq


  • Blank Larry

    () (New Mexico State University)

  • Enomoto Carl E.

    () (New Mexico State University)

  • Gegax Douglas

    () (New Mexico State University)

  • McGuckin Thomas

    () (New Mexico State University)

  • Simmons Cade

    () (New Mexico State University)


This paper uses a system of differential equations to describe the insurgency in Iraq. The system has four possible outcomes or cases: (1) The U.S.-led coalition increases in size and the number of attacks by the insurgents increases. (2) The size of the U.S.-led coalition decreases and the number of attacks by insurgents decreases. (3) The size of the U.S.-led coalition increases and the number of insurgent attacks decreases. (4) The size of the U.S.-led coalition decreases and the number of insurgent attacks increases. Which case is relevant depends on the recruitment rates of the U.S.-led coalition and insurgents as well as the combat effectiveness of both sides. Policy implications are provided.

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  • Blank Larry & Enomoto Carl E. & Gegax Douglas & McGuckin Thomas & Simmons Cade, 2008. "A Dynamic Model of Insurgency: The Case of the War in Iraq," Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 14(2), pages 1-28, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:pepspp:v:14:y:2008:i:2:n:1

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    1. Berkok Ugurhan G., 2013. "Shape and Consequences of Military Missions: An Introduction," Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 19(1), pages 1-7, April.

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