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Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win (Hardcover), by Jeffrey Record. Potomac Books Inc. (May 24, 2007).
Beating Goliath examines the phenomenon of victories by the weak over the strongmore specifically, insurgencies that succeeded against great powers. Jeffrey Record reviews eleven insurgent wars from 1775 to the present and determines why the seemingly weaker side won. He concludes that external assistance correlates more consistently with insurgent success than any other explanation. He does not disparage the critical importance of will, strategy, and strong-side regime type or suggest that external assistance guarantees success. Indeed, in all cases, some combination of these factors is usually present. But Record finds few if any cases of unassisted insurgent victories except against the most decrepit regimes. Having identified the ingredients of insurgent success, Record examines the present insurgency in Iraq and whether the United States can win. In so doing, Record employs a comparative analysis of the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. He also identifies and assesses the influence of distinctive features of the American way of war on the U.S. forces’ performance against the Iraqi insurgency. Make no mistake: insurgent victories are the exception, not the rule. But when David does beat Goliath, the consequences can be earth shattering and change the course of history. Jeffrey Record’s persuasive logic and clear writing make this timely book a must read for scholars, policymakers, military strategists, and anyone interested in the Iraq War’s outcome. Information

Global Insurgency and the Future of Armed Conflict: Debating Fourth-Generation Warfare (Routledge Global Security Studies) (Hardcover), by Karp/Karp/Terri. Routledge; 1 edition (October 30, 2007).
This volume covers a timely debate in contemporary security studies: can armed forces adjust to the rising challenge of insurgency and terrorism, the greatest transformation in warfare since the birth of the international system? Containing essays by leading international security scholars and military professionals, it explores the Fourth-Generation Warfare thesis and its implications for security planning in the twenty-first century. No longer confined to the fringes of armed conflict, guerrilla warfare and terrorism increasingly dominate world-wide military planning. For the first time since the Vietnam War ended, the problems of insurgency have leapt to the top of the international security agenda and virtually all countries are struggling to protect themselves against terrorist threats. Coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq are bogged down by an insurgency, and are being forced to rely on old warfare tactics rather than modern technologies to destroy their adversaries. These theorists argue that irregular warfareinsurgencies and terrorismhas evolved over time and become progressively more sophisticated and difficult to defeat as it is not centered on high technology and state of the art weaponry. Information

Globalisation and Insurgency (Adelphi Papers, 352) (Paperback), by J Mackinlay. Routledge; 1 edition (May 24, 2005).
The central proposition of this book is that global changes have altered the nature of insurgency by weakening some governments and empowering the forces that seek to overthrow them. The book identifies four distinct categories of insurgent force, and concludes that globalization of insurgency leads inexorably to the globalization of counter-insurgency. Information

Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State (Paperback), by Antonio Negri and Negri Antonio (Authors), Maurizia Boscagli (Translator). University of Minnesota Press; 1st edition (September 15, 1999). Information

Insurgency and Terrorism: From Revolution to Apocalypse; 2nd Ed., Revised (Paperback), by Bard E. O'Neill. Potomac Books Inc.; Second Edition, Revised edition (June 30, 2005).
A systematic, comprehensive, and straightforward textbook for analyzing and comparing insurgencies and terrorist movements, Insurgency and Terrorism was first published in 1990 to broad acclaim. Observers, scholars, students, military personnel, journalists, and government analysts worldwide found it worthy of study. Now Insurgency and Terrorism has been thoroughly revised and updated to cover activity that has since occurred in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Colombia, and elsewhere and to address the new tactics and weapons usedand threatened. Author Bard E. O'Neill, the director of studies of insurgency and revolution at the National War College, addresses insurgencies with respect to ultimate goals, strategies, forms of warfare, the role and means of acquiring popular support, organizational dynamics, causes and effects of disunity, types of external support, and government responses. Course syllabi included. Information

Insurgency, Terrorism, and Crime: Shadows from the Past and Portents for the Future (International and Security Affairs) (Hardcover), by Max G. Manwaring. University of Oklahoma Press (December 31, 2008). Information

Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies: Guerrillas and Their Opponents Since 1750 (Warfare and History) (Paperback), by Ian Beckett. Routledge; 1 edition (August 24, 2001).
Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies explores how unconventional warfare tactics have opposed past and present governments all over the world, from eighteenth century guerrilla warfare through to the urban terrorism of today. Insurgency remains one of the most prevalent forms of conflict and presents a crucial challenge to the international community, governments and the military. In addition to examining the tactics of guerrilla leaders such as Lawrence Mao, Guevara, and Marighela, the book also analyzes the counter-insurgency theories of Gallieni, Callwell, Thompson, and Kitson. Encompassing both an analytic and historical framework, this timely one-volume study runs the gamut from The Revolutionary War and Napoleon's campaign in Spain to the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Colombia -- and is a must read for anyone interested in military history and international relations. Information

Networks, Terrorism and Global Insurgency (Paperback), by Robert J. Bunker. Routledge; 1 edition (January 13, 2006).
This new book brings together leading terrorism scholars and defense professionals to discuss the impact of networks on conflict and war. Post-modern terrorism and topics of global insurgency are also comprehensively covered. The text is divided into four sections to cover the key areas: introductory/overview, theory, terrorism and global insurgency, Al Qaeda focus, and networks. Eminent contributors include John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, Brian Jenkins, Stephen Sloan, Graham Turbiville, and Max Manwaring.  Information

Rethinking Insurgency (Paperback), by Steven Metz. Juniper Grove (August 27, 2007).
The U.S. military and national security community lost interest in insurgency after the end of the Cold War when other defense issues such as multinational peacekeeping and transformation seemed more pressing. With the onset of the Global War on Terror in 2001 and the ensuing involvement of the U.S. military in counterinsurgency support in Iraq and Afghanistan, insurgency experienced renewed concern in both the defense and intelligence communities. The author argues that while exceptionally important, this relearning process focused on Cold War era nationalistic insurgencies rather than the complex conflicts which characterized the post-Cold War security environment. To be successful at counterinsurgency, he contends, the U.S. military and defense community must rethink insurgency, which has profound implications for American strategy and military doctrine.  Information


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