Security Studies & International Affairs
There are several competing beliefs regarding how political factions at the sub-state level choose to align and realign during a state of armed conflict. This research draws upon current literature to provide a framework for comparing the Anbar and Baghdad Awakenings of 2006–2007. This research concludes that alignment and alliance building is a process based on structural constraints only at the point of institutional maturity, therefore the critical point in the realignment process for the U.S. military is at a point between an individual’s realignment and the wider community’s perception of their success.
Special Operations Journal
Taylor and Francis
Scholarly Commons Citation
Diane Maye (2018) Two Awakenings, One Process: Implications from the Sunni Realignment in Iraq, 2006-2007, Special Operations Journal, 4:1, 1-14, DOI: 10.1080/23296151.2018.1459143