Counter-insurgency operations include many different facets: military , paramilitary , political , economic , psychological , and civic actions taken to defeat insurgency. To understand counter-insurgency, one must understand insurgency to comprehend the dynamics of revolutionary warfare. Insurgents capitalize on societal problems, often called gaps; counter-insurgency addresses closing the gaps. When the gaps are wide, they create a sea of discontent, creating the environment in which the insurgent can operate. Caldwell IV wrote: The law of armed conflict requires that, to use force, " combatants " must distinguish individuals presenting a threat from innocent civilians.

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Shelves: war-studies D. Kilcullens book can well be the continuation of D. Galulas work Kilcullens main contribution is the scrutiny of global Jihadism, globalization and telecommunications in the activities of contemporary insurgency and counterinsurgency.

I am inclined to adhere to his empirical approach 28 principles in a judiciously and skeptically manner D. Kilcullen, 30 , for I am a believer of particularity of cases relativity. Even though he uses four cases to illustrate the D. Even though he uses four cases to illustrate the pragmatism of his ideas, I believe that a general approach to his 28 commandments for any situation would add value to his theory; i.

Simple, effective, and efficient tools could be employed, i. The application of such a procedure would make the choice of his propositions, a more educated than a folkloric one Kilcullen, In this sense, he does not include in his book occurrences that he mentions in his article from , i. The first part first five chapters is more of a collection of articles except for chapter 6 , therefore the lack of a method except for chapter 3 that refers to his PhD. This part reads as non-connected events, topics, especially when reading chapter 4 Engagement at Motaain Bridge.

The second part of the book proposes a method a complex system analysis to destabilize and defeat what he calls global insurgency. I agree globalization has a direct effect on insurgency and COIN actions, however, I am not sure that even after the author explains the difference and links between the concepts of insurgency and terrorism, I agree that global insurgency is happening nowadays.

If language is that significant, understanding even subtle differences in the way of conceiving and using it, in different cultures since culture is everything and anything that humans create within a group , becomes not only useful at the tactical level, but strategic. He mentions Vietnam as a misunderstood case of counterinsurgency success, from the part of the U. I can relate this book to the findings of E. Shills et M. If moral and physical integrity of civilian populations are guaranteed by the state, indigenous people support of COIN forces, can be achieved.

I can make other connections between this work and E.



He then attended the Australian Defence Force Academy and completed a Bachelor of Arts with honours in military art and science through the University of New South Wales and graduated as a distinguished graduate and was awarded the Chief of Defence Force Army Prize in After twelve months of training in Indonesia, Kilcullen graduated from the Australian Defence Force School of Languages [11] in with an advanced diploma in applied linguistics. He is fluent in Indonesian and speaks some Arabic and French. His thesis, entitled "The Political Consequences of Military Operations in Indonesia A Fieldwork Analysis of the Political Power-Diffusion Effects of Guerrilla Conflict," focused on the effects of guerrilla warfare on non-state political systems in traditional societies.


David Kilcullen

Contact About The Author Dr. David Kilcullen is the Chairman of Caerus Associates. Before founding Caerus, Kilcullen served 24 years as a soldier, diplomat and policy advisor for the Australian and United States governments. He is the author of the bestselling books The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency , both are used worldwide by civilian government officials, policymakers, military and development professionals working in unstable and insecure environments. Kilcullen leads Caerus efforts to promote the design of integrated distributed energy systems that strengthen community resiliencies, improve economic absorptive capacity, and promote stability… He has substantial experience designing, implementing and evaluating rural and peri-urban security and development systems in conflict-affected areas, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Bougainville, and Papua New Guinea.






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