Accession Number : ADA485231


Title :   Emergence and Influence of the Zapatista Social Netwar


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OPERATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES


Personal Author(s) : Ronfeldt, David ; Arquilla, John


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA485231


Report Date : 2001


Pagination or Media Count : 30


Abstract : Editors abstract. Social netwar is more effective the more democratic the setting. We condense this chapter from our earlier RAND book, The Zapatista Social Netwar in Mexico (1998). The case shows how the Zapatista movement put the Mexican government on the defensive during 1994 1998, a time when Mexico was evolving from an authoritarian to a more open, democratic system. NGO activism even impelled the government to call a halt to military operations on three occasions yet the air of crisis also prompted the Mexican army to adopt organizational innovations that meant it too became a more networked actor. Until the Battle of Seattle, this case, more than any other, inspired social activists to realize that networks and netwar were the way to go in the information age.


Descriptors :   *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *POLITICAL REVOLUTION , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , DEMOCRACY , MEXICO , ARMY


Subject Categories : GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
      MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE