Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War

Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War by Douglas Porch 1107699843 9781107699847
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Counterinsurgency has staked its claim in the new century as the new American way of war. Yet, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have revived a historical debate about the costs - monetary, political and moral - of operations designed to eliminate insurgents and build nations. Todays counterinsurgency proponents point to small wars past to support their view that the enemy is biddable if the correct tactical formulas are applied. Douglas Porchs sweeping history of counterinsurgency campaigns carried out by the three providential nations of France, Britain and the United States, ranging from nineteenth-century colonial conquests to General Petraeuss Surge in Iraq, challenges the contemporary mythologising of counterinsurgency as a humane way of war. The reality, he reveals, is that hearts and minds has never been a recipe for lasting stability and that past counterinsurgency campaigns have succeeded not through state-building but by shattering and dividing societies while unsettling civil-military relations.

Author: Douglas Porch

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 445

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2013-07-11


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