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The Zapatista "social Netwar" In Mexico

by David Ronfeldt

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This study examines the rise of this social netwar, the information-age behaviors that characterizes it (e.g., extensive use of the internet), its effects on the Mexican military, its implications for Mexico's stability, and its implications for future occurrence elsewhere in the world.

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This study was prepared for a research project on "Stability and theMilitary in Mexico." The research was sponsored by Deputy Chief ofStaff for Intelligence and was conducted in RAND Arroyo Center'sStrategy and Doctrine Program. The Arroyo Center is a federallyfunded research and development center sponsored by the UnitedStates Army.The study reports on a case of "netwar," a concept that we have beendeveloping for the purpose of understanding the nature of conflict inthe information age (Arquilla and Ronfeldt, 1996b). Although thefocus is on the Zapatista movement in Mexico, and on the responsesthereto of the Mexican government and army, the study also identi-fiessome implications for possible future netwars elsewhere aroundthe world.This study focuses mainly on the 1994-1996 period, in part becausethat was the heyday of this social netwar, but also because thestudy's preliminary findings were initially briefed to the sponsor inJune 1996, and the first draft appeared in December 1996. This finalpublication is much revised and updated from the draft.Please direct comments to:David Ronfeldt, John ArquillaInternational Studies Group Interdisciplinary Academic CenterRAND U.S. Naval Postgraduate SchoolSanta Monica, CA 90407-2138 Monterey, CA 93943(310) 393-0411, extension 7717 (408) 656-3450ronfeldt@rand.org jarquilla@nps.navy.mil

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DAVID F. RONFELDT (Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University) is a senior social scientist at RAND whose research focus includes information revolution, netwar, cyberocracy, strategic swarming and the rise of transnational networks of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)

JOHN ARQUILLA (Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University) is a RAND consultant and a professor of foreign policy at the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.



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