Getting ugly: exploring network development in "The Ugly American"
Teta, Richard P.
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While social network analysis (SNA) has been utilized for a wide variety of purposes across various academic, business, and consulting fields, military applications of this emerging field have tended to focus on the mapping of dark networks. By borrowing from the considerable accumulation of SNA software and network theory, this work reveals how techniques designed for network analysis and dark network interdiction can also help reveal distinct characteristics of successful approaches to host nation interaction and indigenous network development. The network models examined in this thesis are drawn from William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdicks book, The Ugly American. This text, widely viewed as an indictment of the application of U.S. foreign policy in Asia throughout the mid20th century, serves as a foundation for the examination of indigenous network development at both the operational and tactical levels. The goal of this thesis is to illuminate and elucidate the unique characteristics of four network design approaches that appear in the book. This study also seeks to re-emphasize the important and often overlooked principles of effective host nation interaction presented in The Ugly American that have been recognized and discussed by generations of Foreign Service officers, military advisors, and civilian volunteers.
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