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.
Table of Contents
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.