Eli Berman, Joseph H. Felter and Jacob N. Shapiro
Small Wars, Big Data
The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict
Princeton University Press 2018
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Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict (Princeton University Press, 2018), Eli Berman, Joseph H. Felter, and Jacob N. Shapiro, takes a data-based approach to examine how actions can affect violence in asymmetric conflicts. Using data sets from Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines, the authors evaluate several variables, including the role of civilians, mobile communications, and foreign aid projects. The book is data-rich and accessible, with findings presented at a tactical level and a policy level.
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