February 17, 2012Foreign AffairsSecurity

The impossible trinity of proxy war

A theorem for international relations

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

It is impossible to simultaneously host, control and plausibly deny (your role in sponsoring) a proxy war across your borders. You can, at best, do two of the three.

Impossible Trinity of Proxy War

(Of course, if you are Pakistan, you will brazenly do all three. But unless you want to end up like another Pakistan, you’d rather not take that route.)

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