Research Mentor(s): Anthony Marcum, Lecturer III
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Program in International and Comparative Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 5 (3pm-3:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 6
The decision to occupy an opposing territory following a military conflict requires a consideration of the costs, aims, and compliance for an occupying power. Throughout history, these factors ultimately determine the success of an occupation. Our research examined notable military conflicts from a period between 1815 to 2003 to understand this relation. To determine the effectiveness of these occupations, we developed a coding system that firstly examines the aims of a state including reparations or regime change. These goals allow us to then determine the compliance costs for an occupying elite and therefore, the success of achieving occupation goals. The results of our research will contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between occupier aims and the likelihood of failure in accomplishing postwar goals.