1st Edition

Understanding Counterinsurgency Doctrine, operations, and challenges

Edited By Thomas Rid, Thomas Keaney Copyright 2010
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    This textbook offers an accessible introduction to counterinsurgency operations, a key aspect of modern warfare.

    Featuring essays by some of the world’s leading experts on unconventional conflict, both scholars and practitioners, the book discusses how modern regular armed forces react, and should react, to irregular warfare. The volume is divided into three main sections:

    • Doctrinal Origins: analysing the intellectual and historical roots of modern Western theory and practice
    • Operational Aspects: examining the specific role of various military services in counterinsurgency, but also special forces, intelligence, and local security forces
    • Challenges: looking at wider issues, such as governance, culture, ethics, civil-military cooperation, information operations, and time.

    Understanding Counterinsurgency is the first comprehensive textbook on counterinsurgency, and will be essential reading for all students of small wars, counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, strategic studies and security studies, both in graduate and undergraduate courses as well as in professional military schools.

    1. Understanding Counterinsurgency Thomas Keaney and Thomas Rid  Part 1: Doctrine  2. France Etienne de Durand  3. Britain Alexander Alderson  4. Germany Timo Noetzel  5. United States Conrad Crane  Part 2: Operational Aspects  6. Army Peter Mansoor  7. Marine Corps Frank Hoffman  8. Airpower Charles Dunlap, Jr  9. Naval Support Martin Murphy  10. Special Operations Kalev Sepp  11. Intelligence David Kilcullen  12. Local Security Forces John Nagl  Part 3: Challenges  13. Governance Nadia Schadlow  14. Culture Montgomery McFate  15. Ethics Sarah Sewall  16. Information Operations Andrew Exum  17. Civil-Military Integration Michelle Parker and Matthew Irvine  18. Time Austin Long  19. Counterinsurgency in Context Thomas Rid and Thomas Keaney.  Suggested Further Reading


    Thomas Rid is a visiting scholar at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

    Thomas Keaney, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), is Associate Director of Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.