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Accidental Guerrilla Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

ISBN-10: 0195368347
ISBN-13: 9780195368345
Edition: 2009
Authors: David Kilcullen
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Description: David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counter-insurgency and modern warfare. At present the Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war has dramatically influenced American  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/16/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counter-insurgency and modern warfare. At present the Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war has dramatically influenced American military policy. Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror. Kilcullen takes us "on the ground" to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big war (the "War on Terrorism") and its relation to the associated "small wars" in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, the Horn of Africa, Thailand, Chechnya, Pakistan and North Africa. Kilcullen sees today's conflicts as a complex combination of two trends: small wars and global confrontations, local social networks and worldwide movements, traditional and post-modern cultures, separatist and imperialist ambitions, nativist and pan-Islamic traditions. He warns that America's actions in the war on terrorism have tended to conflate these trends, blurring the distinction between local and global struggles and thus enormously complicating our challenges. Indeed, the US had done a poor job of applying different tactics to these very different situations, continually misidentifying insurgents with limited aims and legitimate grievances (whom he calls "accidental guerrillas") as part of a coordinated worldwide terror network. We must learn how to disentangle these strands, develop strategies that deal with global threats, avoid local conflicts where possible, and win them where necessary. Colored with gripping battlefield experiences that range from the jungles and highlands of Southeast Asia to the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to the dusty towns of the Middle East, The Accidental Guerrilla will, quite simply, change the way we think about war. This much anticipated book will be a must read for everyone concerned about the war on terror.

David Kilcullen was formerly the Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq and is now currently advising Petraeus in Afghanistan. Kilcullen is also Adjunct Professor of Security Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Preface
Prologue: West Java, December 1996
The Accidental Guerrilla
"The Crazies Will Kill Them": Afghanistan, 2006-2008
"The Twenty-First Day": Iraq during the Surge, 2007
"Terrain, Tribes and Terrorists": Conflicts from Indonesia to Europe
"Turning an Elephant into a Mouse": Beyond the War on Terrorism
Conclusion
A Note on Sources and Methodology
Notes
Index

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