David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are. David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas are. Counterinsurgency by David Kilcullen. Scribe Publications Pty Ltd ISBN: David Kilcullen is the author of the.

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Kilcullen argues that targeted killings with drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a mistake. The counterinsurgent, not the insurgent, may initiate the conflict and represent the forces of revolutionary change. In another article, Kilcullen recalls an engagement that took place in East Timor, where he was company commander of an Australian intervention force. The author gives examples of successful and failed counterinsurgency actions and makes recommendations for an approach to fighting a worldwide insurgency rather than fighting a war on terror alone.

It was a collection of previously written articles collected in a single volume, with notes to update them to In Counterinsurgency, Kilcullen brings together his most salient writings on this vitally important topic. Additionally, because the book counterinsrgency a great deal about how operations are conducted, it is informative for intelligence analysts supporting COIN.

He then attended the Australian Defence Force Academy and completed a Bachelor of Arts with honours in military art and science through the University of New South Wales and graduated as a distinguished graduate and was awarded the Chief of Defence Force Army Prize in Includes additional notes by Kilcullen on how the xounterinsurgency were written.

Counterinsurgency David Kilcullen No preview available – It’s an important part of the dialogue in dealing with the asymmetric struggle with radical Islamists, although many of its points are broader. Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced the United States’ decision Mar 11, Shaun Major rated it counterinsurggency liked it.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Very informative and interesting. The economic relationship between insurgent and population may be diametrically opposed to classical theory.


It’s unfortunate that there has not been more dialogue. Kilcullen presents really interesting, well-reasoned theory about dealing with modern insurgency.

David Kilcullen

David Kilcullen is one of the world’s foremost experts on guerrilla warfare. Nagl and Gian P. A Fieldwork Analysis of the Political Power-Diffusion Effects of Guerrilla Conflict,” focused on the effects of guerrilla warfare on non-state political systems in traditional societies. Kilcullen ends with a look at combating global Islamist insurgency — not just al Qaeda — viewing it as a complex counteribsurgency that acts like a virtual Islamic state, then attacking it by trying to disengage each local insurgency from the larger network.

In Counterinsurgency kilculen, Kilcullen brings together his most salient writings on this vitally important topic. The most useful chapter by far for most readers is likely to be the last chapter, which discusses the systems model of insurgency comparing an insurgent system to a biological organism, and the methods that COIN strategies must adopt in order to be able to adapt and combat such groups.

And secondly, surprising as it may be, the last administration — counterinsurgrncy like the present administration — was big enough, open enough and intellectually honest enough to tolerate and, indeed, welcome constructive criticism and genuine attempts to fix policy problems. Jul 12, Jerome rated it did not like it Shelves: And the key is to see beyond the surface differences between our societies and these environments of which religious orientation is one key element to the deeper social and cultural drivers of conflict, drivers that locals would understand on their own terms.

Everyone interested in foreign relations should read this book, especially those who want to be informed on the current landscape of US military operations.

Thus, counter-insurgency strategies and tactics need updating to deal with a globalized movement like al-Qaeda, especially increasing participation and cooperation of many states’ intelligence and police agencies.


The description of the firefight with a militia group illustrated the boots-on-the-ground realities of combat in the region, though didn’t really do much towards the larger theme of the book. There are many organizational strategy and insights from both the insurgency and counterinsurgency perspective that can be applied outside the theatre of war.

I didn’t actually finish reading this book, and have no desire to ever do so.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Retrieved 28 June Theory and practice of counter-insurgency and conflict ethnography. Archived from the original on 13 November He helped design and implement the Regional Strategic Initiative, the policy that drives United States counter-terrorism diplomacy worldwide.


In CounterinsurgencyKilcullen brings together his most salient writings on this vitally important topic. In he was chief counter-terrorism strategist at the U.

Retrieved 9 Sep The most fascinating part of counterinsurgency to me is how it is essentially a war fought with ideas more than violence. Interesting viewpoint on the winning hearts and minds to battle insurgency.

Counterinsurgency by David Kilcullen

On the subject of th Erudite and insightful. Dec 10, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: While Kilcullen offers a highly intelligent strategy to combat radical Islamist terrorism through “disaggregation,” his implicit assumption that this insurgency possesses legitimate challenges to the West may be overstated. The concept claims that future conflicts will feature asymmetric threats kilullen land forces to be flexible, able to deploy quickly and operate in urban terrain.

This collection of articles from an Australian advisor to General Petraeus presages a number of points he makes in kilculln later work, The Accidental Guerilla. Counterinsurgency provides a well-rounded view of insurgencies and how to defeat them from the view of a persona actually in the battle.