Tag Archives: COIN

Book review: The Accidental Guerrilla

Upon handing in the first draft of my master’s thesis, my supervisor subtly criticized my magazine-influenced writing style. He gave me an invaluable piece of advice concerning academic writing: “Keep it dry. Nobody is going to read this for pleasure.” … Continue reading

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Facebook for COIN

I was thinking about a reverse Facebook, an unFacebook . The key difference is that this is not a social network that is populated by willing participants, but populated with people by information gatherers. For example, I meet you, and … Continue reading

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American COIN in America

For a while now I’ve considered the plausibility or, perhaps, inevitability of insurgent tactics witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan making their way west and finding a new home in the violent counter culture that is the American gangland. Thankfully we … Continue reading

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What Now in Afghanistan?

With the promotion of General David Petraeus to CENTCOM commander, commentators are questioning what it means for Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan but let’s focus on Afghanistan. On October 7th 2001, the Unites States and United Kingdom launched their attack on … Continue reading

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The Economist COIN edition

This week’s edition of _The Economist_ discusses problems in fighting counterinsurgency with modern militaries. The first article, “Brains, not bullets”:http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=10024437, outlines the discussion of force transformation over the past decade and a half. It gives an overview of “Future Force … Continue reading

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COIN in Canada

Interesting events in the Great White North today. It’s like a mini-lesson in COIN. “How a few activists are holding B.C. hostage”:http://tinyurl.com/2dw52c Militant poverty activists target the homes and offices of officials in protest of the 2010 Olympics. Reaction: “…there … Continue reading

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