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September 20, 2012

Check out this wonderfully exhaustive application of bureaucratic politics to Star Wars.  The basic argument is that it was not the rebellion that really doomed the Empire but inter-service rivalry. 

The best line involves the Army’s limited motivation to help the Navy (who lost the plans to the Death Star).  I will not give it away here. 


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Steve Saideman is Professor and the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He has written The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres); and NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald), and elsewhere on nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations.