Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare (Companion)

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Through history armies of occupation and civil power have been repeatedly faced with the challenges of insurgency. US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has highlighted this form of conflict in the modern world. Armies, sometimes reluctantly, have had to adopt new doctrines and tactics to deal with the problems of insurgency and diverse counterinsurgency strategies have been developed. These have ranged from conventional military operations to a combination of military and political strategy including propaganda, Psy-Ops, and other approaches.

In Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare 13 contributors examine developments in counterinsurgency from the early 20th century to the present. Each author, an expert in his field, discusses in depth the conduct and outcomes of operations across the globe, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, Afghanistan and Iraq, and draws out the lessons to be learned from them.

This book is a timely, serious yet accessible survey of a critical facet of modern warfare and present-day global conflict.

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1. British Aid to the Civil Power: Ireland 1916-21 to Palestine 1948
2. US Operations in the Philippines 1898-1948
3. The Banana Wars
4. German Partisan Operations 1939-45
5. French Operations from Indo-China to Algeria: 1945-63
6. British COIN in Malaya 1948-60
7. US Operations in Vietnam
8. British Operations in Aden
9. British Operations in Northern Ireland
10. The Rhodesian Experience
11. Israeli Operations
12. Operations in Afghanistan
13. US and British Operations in Iraq

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Daniel Marston is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His book Phoenix from the Ashes won the Templer Medal Book Prize in 2003. In addition to teaching, Dr Marston is responsible for overseeing the counterinsurgency modules for Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Field Army. He has lectured widely on the principles and practices of counterinsurgency to units of the American, Australian, British and Canadian armed forces, as well as serving as a reviewer of and contributor to counterinsurgency doctrine for all of the above. In 2005 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Carter Malkasian directs the Small Wars Program at the Center for Naval Analyses. Prior to this he was assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force as an advisor on counterinsurgency. He deployed with I MEF to Iraq from February to May 2003, February 2004 to February 2005, and February 2006 to August 2006. His writings include several articles and two books, A History of Modern Wars of Attrition (Praeger) and The Korean War, 1950-1951 (Osprey). He completed his doctorate in the history of war at Oxford University.

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"Conflicts are outlined along with the strategies that proved successful, making Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare a fine choice for any serious military library"- The Midwest Book Review (June 2008)

"Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare is a timely, serious, and yet accessible survey, presented by an amazing of experts, of a critical facet of modern warfare and present-day global conflict." -sirreadalot.org (April 2008)

"Denial is the subtext of Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare. The book's editors, Daniel Marston and Carter Malkasian, present a series of lucid, expert essays on the experiences of conventional military forces adapting to an insurgency. The contributors discuss the British in Ireland, Palestien and Malaya; the Frend in Vietnam and Algeria; the Israelis in the West Bank; and the Americans in all sorts of places... [We] need to add the subject of counterinsurgency to the canon of Army learning, at long last, and never again forget its lesson. We can make a start with this excellent primer of a book." -Robert D. Kaplan, The Wall Street Journal (April 10, 2008)

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