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Understanding Insurgent Resilience
Organizational Structures and the Implications for Counterinsurgency

ISBN 9780367463168
Published July 31, 2020 by Routledge
310 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines terrorist and insurgent organisations and seeks to understand how such groups persist for so long, while introducing a new strategic doctrine for countering these organisations.

The work discusses whether familial or meritocratic insurgencies are more resilient to counterinsurgency pressures. It argues that it is not the type of organization that determines resilience, but rather the efficiency functions of social capital and trust, which have different natures and forms, within them. It finds that while familial insurgencies can challenge incumbents from the start, they weaken over time, whereas meritocracies will generally strengthen. The book examines four of the most enduring and lethal insurgent organizations: the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan, Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia, and the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. The author breaks down each group into its formative strengths and vulnerabilities and presents a bespoke model of strategic counterintelligence that can be used to manipulate, degrade and destroy each organization.

This book will be of much interest to students of counterinsurgency, terrorism, intelligence, security and defence studies in general.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Insurgency and the Function of Organizations

1. Introduction

2. The Foundations of Resilience

Part II: Real World Analysis

3. The Haqqani Network

4. Lashkar-e-Taiba

5. Jemaah Islamiyah

6. Abu Sayyaf

7. Findings

Part III: A New Approach

8. Strategic Counterintelligence

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Andrew D. Henshaw is an independent advisor to governments on defence and intelligence issues. He has 27 years’ experience in military Special Forces and Counterintelligence operations and has a PhD from Macquarie University, Australia.