Post Tagged with: "COIN"

Strategy Not Sacrilege: State Terrorism as an Element of Foreign Policy

Strategy Not Sacrilege: State Terrorism as an Element of Foreign Policy

Relying on case studies of Pakistan and the U.S., this essay argues that the state’s use of terrorism be more fully integrated into the study of foreign policy.

Review – Economy of Force

Review – Economy of Force

Owens has created the space for a truly critical intervention in our understanding of war, helping us to move from a ‘critical war studies’ to a ‘critique of war’.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the Future of Peruvian Security

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the Future of Peruvian Security

While the campaign focused on rising criminality and the economy, Peru’s counterinsurgency efforts in the Valley of the Rivers received scant attention

Review – The Theory and Practice of Irregular Warfare

Review – The Theory and Practice of Irregular Warfare

Mumford & Reis’ edited volume is something that needed to be written. Despite some shortcomings, it makes interesting reading for theorists, historians and policymakers.

Masculine Rivalries and Security: The US and UK in Iraq and Afghanistan

Masculine Rivalries and Security: The US and UK in Iraq and Afghanistan

The UK and US constructed their masculine identities in relation to each other in Iraq and Afghanistan. This rivalry has implications for achieving security.

The Perils of Simultaneous COIN and Counternarcotics in Peru and Colombia

The Perils of Simultaneous COIN and Counternarcotics in Peru and Colombia

Simultaneously pursuing COIN and CN operations is an ineffective way of combating insurgent violence fueled by narco-funding in Peru and Colombia.

Review – Anatomy of a Bad Idea: COIN Best Practices

Review – Anatomy of a Bad Idea: COIN Best Practices

Nearly every question about how the U.S. Army came to be entangled in wars it knew better than to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan are answered by three excellent and complementary books.

The Truth About Human Terrain Teams: An Evidence-Based Response to Gian Gentile

The Truth About Human Terrain Teams: An Evidence-Based Response to Gian Gentile

The lessons to be learnt from HTT’s are important and should be studied because the past decade of war demands nothing less than our best to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated.

Review – Treading on Hallowed Ground

Review – Treading on Hallowed Ground

Inspired by the much-commented on resurgence of religion in IR, the contributors of this volume see something unusual about counterinsurgency operations when hallowed ground is involved.

An Open Rebuttal to Gian Gentile’s Article on Counterinsurgency

An Open Rebuttal to Gian Gentile’s Article on Counterinsurgency

Gian Gentile’s article on COIN ignores literature that weigh stability and combat operations equally. The key failure of COIN has been not understanding how to integrate the multiple levels required.

Counterinsurgency: The Graduate Level of War or Pure Hokum?

Counterinsurgency: The Graduate Level of War or Pure Hokum?

The US Army’s counterinsurgency manual calls COIN the “graduate level of war.” But, the idea that enlightened soldiers were required to win a war is hokum.

Review – US Special Forces and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam

Review – US Special Forces and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam

Ives’ strange book tells and retells the same story about U.S. Special Forces and counterinsurgency, repeating traditional criticisms of U.S. strategy in Vietnam.

Interview – Nick Pratt

Interview – Nick Pratt

Colonel Nick Pratt discuses successful counter-insurgency practices, the Obama administration’s drone program, women terrorists, and future international security threats.

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