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The Routledge Handbook of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

Edited By Paul B. Rich, Isabelle Duyvesteyn Copyright 2012
    400 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This new handbook provides a wide-ranging overview of the current state of academic analysis and debate on insurgency and counterinsurgency, as well as an-up-to date survey of contemporary insurgent movements and counter-insurgencies.

    In recent years, and more specifically since the insurgency in Iraq from 2003, academic interest in insurgency and counterinsurgency has substantially increased. These topics have become dominant themes on the security agenda, replacing peacekeeping, humanitarian operations and terrorism as key concepts. The aim of this volume is to showcase the rich thinking that is available in the area of insurgency and counterinsurgency studies and act as a further guide for study and research.

    In order to contain this wide-ranging topic within an accessible and informative framework, the Editors have divided the text into three key parts:

    • Part I: Theoretical and Analytical Issues
    • Part II: Insurgent Movements
    • Part III: Counterinsurgency Cases

    The Routledge Handbook of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency will be of great interest to all students of insurgency and small wars, terrorism/counter-terrorism, strategic studies, security studies and IR in general, as well as professional military colleges and policymakers.



    1. Introduction: The Study of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Paul B. Rich and Isabelle Duyvesteyn  Part I: Theoretical and Analytical Issues  2. The Historiography of Insurgency Ian Beckett  3. Rethinking Insurgency Steven Metz  4. Changing forms of Insurgency: Pirates, Narco Gangs and Failed States? Robert Bunker  5. Cyber Space and Insurgency David Betz  6. Whither Counterinsurgency: The Rise and Fall of a Divisive Concept David Ucko  7. Peacekeeping and the Slippery Slope to Counterinsurgency Thijs Brocades Zaalberg 8. Insurgency, Counterinsurgency and Policing Alice Hills  9. Intelligence-Gathering, Special Operations and Air-Strikes in Modern Counterinsurgency Geraint Hughes  10. Ethics of Counterinsurgency Christopher Coker  11. Counterinsurgency: The State of a Controversial Art David Kilcullen  Part II: Insurgent Movements  12. Insurgent Movements in Africa William Reno  13. Insurgent Movements in Iraq Ahmed Hashim  14. Hezbollah and Hamas; Islamic Insurgents with Nationalist Causes Judith Palmer Harik and Margaret Johannsen  15. Insurgency in Southeast Asia Lawrence E. Cline  16. Insurgencies in India Namrata Goswami  17. Insurgency in Afghanistan Antonio Guistozzi  18. Insurgent Movements in Pakistan Shehzad Qazi  19. Post-Cold War Counterinsurgency in Latin America David E. Spencer  Part III: Counterinsurgency Cases  20. Trends in American Counterinsurgency Tom Mockaitis  21. Israeli Counterinsurgency: The Never-ending 'Whack-a-Mole' Sergio Catignani  22. From Belfast to Laskkar via Basra; British Counterinsurgency Today Warren Chin  23. Counterinsurgency in a Non-Democratic State: The Russian Example Yuri Zhukov  24. Counterinsurgency in India David Fidler and Sumit Ganguly  25. Counterinsurgency in Sri Lanka; A Successful Model? David Lewis  26. Counterinsurgency in Pakistan Julian Schofield  27. China's Society-centric Counterterrorism Approach in Xinjiang Martin I. Wayne  28. South African Counterinsurgency: A Historiographical Overview Abel Esterhuyse  29. Insurgency and Counterinsurgency; Some Conclusions Isabelle Duyvesteyn and Paul B. Rich


    Paul B. Rich is co-editor of the journal Small Wars & Insurgencies and author/editor of ten books.

    Isabelle Duyvesteyn is lecturer at the Department of History of International Relations at the Institute of History, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and author/editor of three books.

    'This masterful handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the state of academic analysis and debate on insurgency and counterinsurgency, as well as an-up-to date survey of contemporary insurgent movements and government counter-insurgency campaigns around the world.'- Joshua Sinai, ‘Terrorism Bookshelf: Top 150 Books on Terrorism and Counterterrorism’, Perspectives on Terrorism 

    'This will become an indispensable handbook for scholars and practitioners. Summing Up: Essential.'-- CHOICE