This volume provides an interesting and informative overview of the most important topic in modern warfare counterinsurgency. The editors have recruited an impressive lineup of contributors comprising many of the leading experts from the US and the UK. Together they provide an introduction to some of the leading counterinsurgency campaigns of the 20th century. Soldiers and civilians alike will learn a great deal here to help them better understand the challenges that confront us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. Max Boot, senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The --Max Boot, senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Savage Wars of Peace and War Made New
A fine collection that should contribute significantly to contemporary debates about what leads to success or failure in counterinsurgency. The provocative essays reveal that such conflicts are always unique, requiring counterinsurgent forces to develop cultural awareness and learning organizations if they want to have any hope of victory. And even those mechanisms will fail if military activities are not linked closely to political objectives, and the unified effort is not geared for long term commitment. --Conrad Crane, lead author of the new Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual
A wide-ranging, sophisticated anthology that all serious students of counterinsurgency should read and savor. Challenging, candid and provocative. --Francis J. Bing West, author of No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle of Fallujah and The Village
About the Author
Daniel Marston is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He completed both his BA and MA in History at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and his DPhil in the History of War at Balliol College, Oxford. His book Phoenix from the Ashes won the Templer Medal Book Prize in 2003. He has lectured widely on the principles and practices of counterinsurgency to units of the American, Carter Malkasian advised the I Marine Expeditionary Force on counterinsurgency, deploying with them to Iraq from February to May 2003, February 2004 to February 2005, and February 2006 to August 2006. Currenty, he directs the Center for Stability and Development within the Center for Naval Analyses. One of the his projects has been leading teams that go to Afghanistan to work with the provincial reconstruction teams. His writings include several articles and two books, A History of Modern Wars of Attrition (Praeger) and The Korean War, 1950-1953 (Osprey). He completed his doctorate in the history of war at Oxford University.