Post Tagged with: "COIN"

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.

Review – Counterinsurgency Warfare

Review – Counterinsurgency Warfare

David Galula’s classical 1964 work Counterinsurgency Warfare is one of the most cited and maligned works on the subject. A modern review of the book is necessary to dispel the myths surrounding it.

Review – Obama’s Wars

Review – Obama’s Wars

Woodward’s book is a meticulously and exhaustively researched account of President Obama’s handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the first two years of his first administration.

Review – The Routledge Handbook of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

Review – The Routledge Handbook of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

Paul B. Rich and Isabelle Duyvesteyn’s new handbook offers an opportunity to survey the state of the art in ‘orthodox’ counterinsurgency thinking.

The Human Terrain System in Northeast Baghdad: The View From The Team Level

The Human Terrain System in Northeast Baghdad: The View From The Team Level

Rather than debating the ethics of social science in military operations, this article provides an inside account of the Human Terrain concept in a culturally complex area: northeast Baghdad.

Jus En Bello Isn’t Enough: Human Terrain, COIN and a Reasonable Chance for Success

Jus En Bello Isn’t Enough: Human Terrain, COIN and a Reasonable Chance for Success

With words like ‘morality’ and ‘warfare’ peppering the Human Terrain debate, it is surprising that the program hasn’t been widely discussed with reference to the Just War tradition.

Review – The Counter-Counter Insurgency Manual

Review – The Counter-Counter Insurgency Manual

This book opposes the militarization of anthropology, and views the US army’s effort to enlist anthropologists as fieldworkers as ethically repugnant.

Extremist Islam and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq

Extremist Islam and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq

Recent conflicts have highlighted how religion and identity are central to security issues. The question remains as to what extent individual conflict zones are facets of a wider, transnational war which pits the ‘West’ against al Qaeda?

Counterinsurgency and Gender: The Case of the Female Engagement Teams

Counterinsurgency and Gender: The Case of the Female Engagement Teams

Since 2009 the U.S. Marines have deployed Female Engagement Teams as part of its COIN effort. How does this relate to the gendering of COIN?

Morality and Pragmatism in the Obama Doctrine

Morality and Pragmatism in the Obama Doctrine

Speculation remains as to what sort of foreign policy captain President Obama is and whether the president has articulated foreign policy doctrine specific to his administration.

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