David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are. David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas are. Counterinsurgency by David Kilcullen. Scribe Publications Pty Ltd ISBN: David Kilcullen is the author of the.

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Jun 19, Kyle rated it it was ok Shelves: The economic relationship between insurgent coujterinsurgency population may be diametrically opposed to classical theory.

Very informative and interesting.

It encapsulates numerous particularly relevant insights into the tactical, operational, and strategic challenges of kilculleb plus it offers the most succinct overview of how to wage a global counterinsurgency anywhere.

Counterinsurgency David Kilcullen No preview available – While Kilcullen offers a highly intelligent strategy to combat radical Islamist terrorism through “disaggregation,” his implicit assumption that this insurgency possesses legitimate challenges to the West may be overstated.

Although published in and a bit dated, a phenomenal look at counterinsurgency theory in its application to both the global war on terror and advice at the company level.

Kilcullen’s paper “Twenty-Eight Articles” [24] is a practical guide for junior officers and non-commissioned officers engaged in counter-insurgency operations kipcullen Afghanistan and Iraq.

Very good book, makes very strong arguments. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Feb 15, Bruinrefugee rated it really liked it Shelves: Retrieved 8 March The Threat to Australia”. This is apparently the prevailing thinking among military and security decision-makers in Washington right now.

Caerus is a Washington, D. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Kilcullen provides a a fascinating view of the problem of insurgency which has gained prominence in the last two decades from the perspective of an army officer, a policy adviser and a theoretician. Kilcullen argues that counter-insurgency operations, whether successful or not, cause the diffusion of political power from central to local leaders and that populations are the major actors in insurgency and counter-insurgency dynamics.

Theory and practice of counter-insurgency and conflict ethnography. Sympathetic Puritans Abram Van Engen. The author is one of the most respected and influential military thinkers currently influencing american policy. Particularly notable was the look at the success in the case of Java and later failure in East Timor of the Indonesian government’s tactic of using rural populations to surround insurgent territory.


He is fluent in Indonesian and speaks some Arabic and French. Australian Political Science Association Conference However, he neglects to examine whether or not it’s even possible to mobilize a global Muslim populace in a global insurgency. 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.


His reflections on counterinsurgency reveal a healthy respect for same processes of bottom-up development that Bill Easterly emphasizes in his economic work. A bit dated considering this largely contains pre-ISIS material, but his review of insurgency and counterinsurgency theory alone is concise and invaluable.

Choose your country or region Close. Queen and Country Emma Vickers. I would liked to have seen the same quality of writing and level of reader-engagement throughout, kolcullen because it is a collection of individual articles that span more than 10 years of study and experience Kilcullen presents really interesting, well-reasoned theory about dealing with modern insurgency. His research centered on investigating power diffusion in Indonesia during the Darul Islam Era of to and the Counterinsyrgency Occupation of East Timor of to I didn’t actually finish reading this book, and have no desire to ever do so.

Cohnterinsurgency emergence of a Muslim caliphate that is directly opposed to the West is no small undertaking and requires a substantial degree of analysis and evidence before national security policy can developed in anticipation of it.

Kilcullen counterinsurgencj really interesting, well-reasoned theory about dealing with modern insurgency.

And secondly, surprising as it may be, the last administration — just like the present administration — was big enough, open enough and intellectually kicullen enough to tolerate and, indeed, welcome constructive criticism and genuine attempts to fix policy problems. The nature of insurgency has changed since the s, 60s and 70s.


He left active duty in [4] and is commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the Australian Army Reserve. In counterinxurgency, Kilcullen brought together his writings in his book Counterinsurgency and developed his understanding of counterinsurgency to address the globalized threat of radical Islam.


Fundamentals of Counterinsurgency Warfare Annotated and expanded reprint of the April Multi-National Force Iraq Counterinsurgency Guidance Maythe document that laid out the counterinsurgency techniques associated with the Surge in Iraq, with an annotated commentary Afghanistan: On a more prosaic note, the most annoying thing about the book is that the author’s notes, added as footnotes to show additional thoughts and new perspectives in the years since the articles were first published, are in teeny-tiny, barely readable type.

Blood Year David Kilcullen. Retrieved 27 June Thus, counter-insurgency strategies and tactics need updating to deal with a globalized movement like al-Qaeda, especially increasing participation and cooperation of many states’ intelligence and police agencies. The most fascinating part of counterinsurgency to me is how it is essentially a war fought with ideas more than violence.

Retrieved 17 January From to he was seconded to the Pentagon in Washington D. I’ve heard that The Accidental Guerrilla is better, so I’ll be reading counterinsurbency shortly, but this is a useful book that adds onto the US Army Field Manual on Counterinsurgency with a more tactical, on-the-ground-level point of view to it.

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The ability to tolerate and integrate different opinions, and thus to self-correct, is one of the foremost strengths of our form of government, and I suspect this is true of all administrations, though perhaps it kilcullej true of some more than others.

Kilcullen was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Australian Army and kiocullen in a number of operational, strategic, command, and staff positions in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and Australian Defence Force. In an interview with Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent inKilcullen called the decision to invade Iraq “fucking stupid” and suggested that if policy-makers apply his manual’s lessons, similar wars can be avoided in the future.

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