Title

Dealing With Military Defectors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2014

Abstract

The article discusses military defections, which according to theories of strategic nonviolent action, are the key to the successful overthrow of repressive regimes. Gene Sharp explains that nonviolent strategies for civil resistance came from the idea that rulers derive their power from cooperation and obedience of their citizens. The argument that military defections are not enough to bring down an oppressive government is presented.