Understanding Counterinsurgency provides an introduction to contemporary counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. The contributors address the question 'Don’t we understand COIN by now?' by analyzing the roots of modern Western theory and practice, and in light of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whilst defense establishments have improved their understanding of counterinsurgency, the phenomenon remains better understood on a tactical level than on a strategic or political level. This book tackles this issue, is written by individuals who have participated in recent COIN campaigns, and looks at wider challenges, outside of the doctrinal and operational arena. It includes a chapter on American counterinsurgency doctrine, written by Conrad Crane, which was reviewed by General David Petraeus.
You can read more about the book by viewing the webpage below. Alternatively, visit Kings of War; a blog by various faculty and research students of the Department of War Studies, King's College London, UK.
Doctrine, operations, and challenges
This textbook offers an accessible introduction to counterinsurgency operations, a key aspect of modern warfare.
Featuring essays by some of the world’s leading experts on unconventional conflict, both scholars and practitioners, the book discusses how modern regular armed forces react, and should...
Published April 16th 2010 by Routledge