The dangerous myths and dubious promise of COIN

  title={The dangerous myths and dubious promise of COIN},
  author={D. Porch},
  journal={Small Wars & Insurgencies},
  pages={239 - 257}
  • D. Porch
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • Small Wars & Insurgencies
Counterinsurgency (COIN) has again emerged as a topic of both contemporary and historical interest in the age of what has been called a global counterinsurgency. However, little attention is being paid to the historical lineage of a COIN doctrine that is being rediscovered and promoted by an enthusiastic group of military intellectuals and commanders as the basis for US Army and Marine Corps doctrine. This article argues that historical claims for COIN success, based on courting popular… Expand
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