1st Edition

Counterinsurgency Warfare and Brutalisation
The Second Russian-Chechen War

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ISBN 9781032035796
July 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
128 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers the first analysis of the brutalisation paradigm in counter-insurgency warfare.

Minimising the use of force and winning over the population’s opinion is said to be the cornerstone of success in modern counterinsurgency (COIN). Yet, this tells only one side of the story. Drawing upon primary data collected during interviews with eyewitnesses of the Second Russian-Chechen War, as well as from secondary sources, this book is the first to offer a detailed analysis of the long-neglected logic underpinning brutalisation-centred COIN campaigns. It offers a comprehensive systematisation of the brutalisation paradigm and challenges the widespread assumption of brutalisation as an underperforming paradigm of COIN warfare. It shows that, although appalling, brutalisation-centred measures can deliver success. The book also outlines a stigmatised yet widely deployed set of COIN measures and provides critical insights into how Western military blueprints can be improved without compromising important moral and ethical requirements.

This book will be of much interest to students of counterinsurgency, military and strategic studies, Russian politics, and International Relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Conceptualising Population-Centric Counterinsurgency Warfare

3. Theory and Practice of Brutalisation in Counterinsurgency Warfare

4. The Brutalisation Paradigm in Chechnya and Elsewhere

5. Conclusion

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Roberto Colombo is an independent researcher and security analyst specialising in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism.

Emil Aslan Souleimanov is a Professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Czech Republic.