Regime Collapse and Revolution

A Response to John Dunn

in Contention
Author: Hugo Slim 1
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John Dunn’s provocative interview in Contention volume 5, issue 2 inspired an array of responses from the scholarly and practitioner communities. In the original interview, Dunn suggested that the era of modern revolutions has come to a close and that we are now witnessing a phenomenon better described as “regime collapse.” In this response to Dunn’s conception of revolution, Hugo Slim, an expert on non-international armed conflicts, challenges Dunn’s claims with examples of revolutionary liberation movements in Nepal, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Venezuela, as well as Islamist revolutionary movements in the Middle East.

Contributor Notes

Hugo Slim is Head of Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross and is writing in a personal capacity. Email:


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