Counter-insurgency Redux

  title={Counter-insurgency Redux},
  author={David J. Kilcullen},
  pages={111 - 130}
Counter-insurgency is fashionable again: more has been written on it in the last four years than in the last four decades. This is heartening for those who were in the wilderness during the years when Western governments regarded counter-insurgency as a distraction, of interest only to historians. So it is no surprise that some have urged the re-discovery of classical, ‘proven’ counter-insurgency methods. But today's insurgencies differ significantly – at the level of policy, strategy… 
The British Approach to Counter-Insurgency: An American View
scholars and practitioners. A series of studies published over the last three years has illuminated a series of counter-insurgency campaigns beyond the canonical cases of Malaya, Ireland, Algeria and
Chapter Three: Iraq, US policy and the rebirth of counter-insurgency doctrine
This Adelphi looks at the legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and analyses the evolution of the insurgency, the descent into civil war and the ‘surge’ as a counter-insurgency strategy and examines US and Iraqi efforts to reconstruct the state's military and civilian capacity.
‘The Population Is the Enemy’: Control, Behaviour, and Counter-insurgency in Central Helmand Province, Afghanistan
American counter-insurgency (COIN) doctrine places a war zone’s population in an analytically salient position and is therefore premised on assumptions based in social theory. This military doctrine,
The Aden Pivot? British Counter-Insurgency after Aden
It is argued that the Aden Insurgency was a pivotal moment in the history of British counter-insurgency and that the changes witnessed were not the result of ‘learning’ but of a fundamental shift in the international environment.
Whose Hearts and Whose Minds? The Curious Case of Global Counter-Insurgency
Abstract Traditionally regarded as a secondary activity in military thinking and practice, the notion of counter-insurgency (COIN) has undergone a remarkable renaissance. This analysis traces the
COIN and the Chameleon: The Category Errors of Trying to Divide the Indivisible
As a result of coping with military contingencies in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, particularly the troubled occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the prominence of counter-insurgency
All That Works Is Obsolete: The Shortcomings of US COIN That Must Be Addressed
While FM 3-24 represents a radical departure for US Army doctrine, the approach articulated in the manual is itself not a radically new method of how to fight an insurgency.
The failure of a liberal peace: Sri Lanka's counter-insurgency in global perspective
The victory by the Sri Lankan government over the LTTE in 2009 apparently ended over 25 years of civil war. However, the ramifications of the government's counter-insurgency go far beyond Sri Lanka's
Neo-Classical Counterinsurgency?
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    The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters
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This article was first published in the Summer 2007 issue of Parameters. The newly issued Army/Marine counterinsurgency (COIN) manual has been met with well deserved acclaim. It is a product of our
The Global Relevance of Classical Counterinsurgency Strategy
In examining how this policy can defeat global political subversion and its insurgency, the principles as defined by Sir Robert Thompson are the most appropriate, as they were fashioned from the generally accepted British counterinsurgency success in the Malayan Emergency of 1948-1960.


General templer and counter-insurgency in Malaya: hearts and minds, intelligence, and propaganda
General Sir Gerald Templer's period as High Commissioner for Malaya (1952–54) has provoked considerable and enduring controversy. To his admirers, he turned the tide of the Malayan Emergency in
Cyber-Mobilization: The New Levée en Masse
The means and ends of mass mobilization are changing, bypassing the traditional state-centered approach that was the hallmark of the French Revolution and leaving advanced Western democracies merely
Globalisation and the Development of Indonesian Counterinsurgency Tactics
Indonesia's approach to counterinsurgency derives partly from its experience during the 1950s in suppressing Darul Islam (DI), the forerunner of some modern Indonesian terrorist and insurgent groups
The Iraq War
The Iraq War remains highly controversial, but in all the uncertainty about weapons of mass destruction, the use and misuse of intelligence, and the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein, it remains an
The Strategic Corporal: Leadership in the Three Block War
Abstract : The African sun had just risen above the hills surrounding the sprawling city and sent its already dazzling rays streaming into the dusty alleyway. Corporal Hernandez felt the sun on his
[The theory and the practice...].
The Essay concludes that practitioners theorize, and theorists practice, use these intellectual tools differently because the goals and orientations of theorists and practitioners, and the constraints under which they act, differ.
Things fall apart
For example, the Malayan Emergency ended in 1960, but Malayan Communist Party leader Chin Peng and the last band of guerrillas surrendered only in
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Program for the Pacification and Long-Term Development of South Vietnam
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