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The New Counter-Insurgency Era in Critical Perspective /
Edited by Celeste Ward Gventer, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas, USA, David Martin Jones, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia and M.L.R Smith, Department of War Studies, Kings College, University of London, UK.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, c2014
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xiii, 375 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1137336935, 9781137336934
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, c2014
isbn
1137336935
9781137336934
contents note
Introduction / Celeste Ward Gventer, David Martin Jones and M.L.R Smith -- Part 1. Counter-insurgency: history and theory. Minting new COIN: critiquing counter-insurgency theory / David Martin Jones, Celeste Ward Gventer and M.L.R Smith -- COIN and the chameleon: the category errors of trying to divide the indivisible / M.L.R Smith -- Our own worst enemy: the unspoken paradox of large-scale expeditionary COIN / Jeffrey Michaels -- Government in a box? Counter-insurgency, state building, and the technocratic conceit / Colin Jackson -- 'Our ghettos, too, need a lansdale': American counter-insurgency abroad and at home in the Vietnam era / William Rosenau -- Bringing the soil back in: control and territoriality in western and non-western COIN / James Worrall -- Counter-insurgency and violence management / Paul Staniland -- Mass, methods, and means: the Northern Ireland 'model' of counter-insurgency / John Bew -- David Galula and the revival of COIN in the US military / Douglas Porch -- Part 2. Counter-insurgency in Iraq and afghanistan? Testing the surge: why did violence decline in Iraq in 2007? / Stephen Biddle, Jeffrey A. Friedman and Jacob N. Shapiro -- After a decade of counter-insurgency, eliminate nation-building from US military manuals / Bing West -- The conceit of American counter-insurgency / Gian Gentile -- 'The population is the enemy': control, behaviour, and counter-insurgency in central Helmand Province, Afghanistan / Ryan Evans -- The reluctant counter-insurgents: Britain's absent surge in southern Iraq / Huw Bennett -- Part 3. Counter-insurgency and future warfare. Questions about COIN after Iraq and Afghanistan / Joshua Rovner -- The military utility and interventions post-Afghanistan: reassessing ends, ways and means / Matthew Ford -- 'What do we do if we are never going to do this again?' western counter-insurgency choices after Iraq and Afghanistan / Paul Schulte.
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9277435
 
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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" This comprehensive volume carefully considers counterinsurgency doctrine in action. It's overall conclusions point to the strategic futility of this tactical doctrine and its contribution to the failure of U.S. military power in Iraq and Afghanistan.' - Col (ret) Douglas Macgregor, USA, author of Warrior's Rage, Transformation under Fire and Breaking the Phalanx
"This comprehensive volume carefully considers counterinsurgency doctrine in action. It's overall conclusions point to the strategic futility of this tactical doctrine and its contribution to the failure of U.S. military power in Iraq and Afghanistan.' - Col (ret) Douglas Macgregor, USA, author of Warrior's Rage, Transformation under Fire and Breaking the Phalanx
" This comprehensive volume carefully considers counterinsurgency doctrine in action. It's overall conclusions point to the strategic futility of this tactical doctrine and its contribution to the failure of U.S. military power in Iraq and Afghanistan.' - Col (ret) Douglas Macgregor, USA, author of Warrior's Rage, Transformation under Fire and Breaking the Phalanx "A timely and path-breaking series of analyses that show the shortcomings, but also the enduring features, of the counter-insurgency debate of recent years. A future research agenda is clearly cut out for us." - Isabelle Duyvesteyn, Utrecht University, The Netherlands "This is a book that no one interested in the way COIN seduced policymakers can afford not to read - and read again. Each chapter casts new light on the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare from after World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. All the authors demonstrate both special knowledge and general understanding of the issues. Explored in all its variations, the basic theme is the contradiction of an outside force promising to protect a population against its local enemies, and in the end creating a dependency." - Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, USA and author of the forthcoming Killing Machine: the American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare
"This comprehensive volume carefully considers counterinsurgency doctrine in action. It's overall conclusions point to the strategic futility of this tactical doctrine and its contribution to the failure of U.S. military power in Iraq and Afghanistan.' - Col (ret) Douglas Macgregor, USA, author of Warrior's Rage, Transformation under Fire and Breaking the Phalanx "A timely and path-breaking series of analyses that show the shortcomings, but also the enduring features, of the counter-insurgency debate of recent years. A future research agenda is clearly cut out for us." - Isabelle Duyvesteyn, Utrecht University, The Netherlands "This is a book that no one interested in the way COIN seduced policymakers can afford not to read - and read again. Each chapter casts new light on the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare from after World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. All the authors demonstrate both special knowledge and general understanding of the issues. Explored in all its variations, the basic theme is the contradiction of an outside force promising to protect a population against its local enemies, and in the end creating a dependency." - Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, USA and author of the forthcoming Killing Machine: the American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare
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Long Description
Over the last decade, the notion of counter-insurgency (COIN) has risen to prominence as the dominant paradigm in American and British thinking about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite the high level of attention paid to the subject by military analysts, the broader theoretical and historical factors which underpin counter-insurgency have received comparatively little critical scrutiny. This volume addresses the gap in existing scholarship by exploring and challenging several critical aspects of the prevailing orthodoxy on COIN. This critical reappraisal of counter-insurgency thinking and practice brings together a number of international academics and practitioners, providing a pluralistic insight on the effectiveness of counter-insurgency operations from military, academic, media and civilian administrative perspectives. It also combines US and British insights into the theory and practise of twenty-first century COIN. With the continuing relevance of 'big third party' COIN to Western engagement in future wars of choice, this book provides an important and timely analysis of an issue which will continue to impact American and British security policy and future interventions. This book will appeal to scholars of Military Studies, Strategic Studies, Security Studies and International Relations and to practitioners and policy-makers working in the field of counter-insurgency.
Main Description
Over the last decade, the notion of counter-insurgency (COIN) has risen to prominence as the dominant paradigm in American and British thinking about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite the high level of attention paid to the subject by military analysts, the broader theoretical and historical factors which underpin counter-insurgency have received comparatively little critical scrutiny. This volume addresses the gap in existing scholarship by exploring and challenging several critical aspects of the prevailing orthodoxy on COIN.This critical reappraisal of counter-insurgency thinking and practice brings together a number of international academics and practitioners, providing a pluralistic insight on the effectiveness of counter-insurgency operations from military, academic, media and civilian administrative perspectives. It also combines US and British insights into the theory and practise of twenty-first century COIN. With the continuing relevance of 'big third party' COIN to Western engagement in future wars of choice, this book provides an important and timely analysis of an issue which will continue to impact American and British security policy and future interventions.This book will appeal to scholars of Military Studies, Strategic Studies, Security Studies and International Relations and to practitioners and policy-makers working in the field of counter-insurgency.
Main Description
Over the last decade, the notion of counter-insurgency (COIN) has risen to prominence as the dominant paradigm in American and British thinking about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite the high level of attention paid to the subject by military analysts, the broader theoretical and historical factors which underpin counter-insurgency have received comparatively little critical scrutiny. This volume addresses the gap in existing scholarship by exploring and challenging several critical aspects of the prevailing orthodoxy on COIN.This critical reappraisal of counter-insurgency thinking and practice brings together a number of international academics and practitioners, providing a pluralistic insight on the effectiveness of counter-insurgency operations from military, academic, media and civilian administrative perspectives. It also combines US and British insights into the theory and practise of twenty-first century COIN. With the continuing relevance of 'big third party' COIN to Western engagement in future wars ofchoice, this book provides an important and timely analysis of an issue which will continue to impact American and British security policy and future interventions.This book will appeal to scholars of Military Studies, Strategic Studies, Security Studies and International Relations and to practitioners and policy-makers working in the field of counter-insurgency.

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