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dc.contributor.advisorSepp, Kalev I.
dc.contributor.authorCapra, James L.
dc.dateDec-16
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-09T00:03:06Z
dc.date.available2017-02-09T00:03:06Z
dc.date.issued2016-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/51663
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractWhat are the impacts of airstrikes on civilian sentiment and political violence? With increased air campaigns and technology proliferation in the Middle East and Africa, there exists a significant gap exploring airstrike associations within irregular warfare. In response, this thesis uses new geospatial measurements to map civilian sentiment in Yemen. Then, spatiotemporal windows are utilized to assess associations between airstrikes, sentiments, and political violence. The findings imply that airstrikes are associated with an increase in extreme sentiment—for both states, and for insurgencies—suggesting that airstrike effects mobilize bystanders to participate in the political process. Furthermore, the findings indicate that airstrikes raise the level of post-strike political violence in Yemen and Pakistan, but may decrease post-strike political violence in Afghanistan and Somalia. This gives credence to the theory that narrative distribution may be a critical link that connects secondary airstrike effects with policy goals within the human domain. In addition, information asymmetry between competing narrative campaigns and civilians may be a viable theory to connect extreme sentiment and political violence.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/fightingwithirir1094551663
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleFighting with the air: airpower, violence, and public sentiment in irregular warfareen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderWarren, Camber
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorairstrikesen_US
dc.subject.authorsentimenten_US
dc.subject.authorpolitical violenceen_US
dc.subject.authorpublic opinionen_US
dc.subject.authorsurvey experimenten_US
dc.subject.authorpolitical process modelen_US
dc.subject.authorinformation asymmetryen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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