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on 27 April 2009
It is hard to criticise Kilcullen's new book for anything else than being timely. This is of course great for understanding the international threat situation we experience just now, yet such empirical assessments are of limited value a few years down the line. Kilcullen's opening theory chapter, however, is likely to be circulated and discussed widely for a long time. He offers a synthesis of different approaches of how to battle insurgencies and terrorists, especially the Islamist kind. Kilcullen's credentials account for rock solid experience from academia, politics and the military. He writes in a style that makes his informed analysis applicable to all these three spheres, and this is quite rare. "The Accidental Guerilla" amounts to a must-read for those who work with or study international security and conflict.