Reading Counterinsurgency

I’m pretty happy about all the COIN discussion that’s been going on at the lab over the last couple of weeks. While we’re at it, here’s a little something from Foreign Affairs: Eliot A. Cohen, the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, has produced an annotated syllabus on fighting insurgencies. Cohen:

Interest in counterinsurgency comes and goes. During the 1950s and 1960s, soldiers, politicians, and scholars wrote voluminously on what was sometimes called “revolutionary war,” a supposedly new mode of conflict that enabled nationalist and communist movements (and some combinations of the two) to thwart or even defeat seemingly stronger European colonial powers. The Vietnam War generated a rich literature on the topic, but attention waned with the U.S. withdrawal from Indochina and the American desire to avoid irregular warfare in the future. In recent years, however, hard experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq have rekindled interest in the subject and caused even some experts to reconsider old ways of waging “the war of the flea.” 

Nothing, errrr… revolutionary about the list. Cohen also included Small Wars Journal. Nice one.

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