Crossroads of Intervention: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Lessons from Central America

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Much can be learned today about the nature of irregular warfare, the author argues, from the experiences of the United States and the other protagonists in Central America during the final decade of the Cold War. This strategy and policy analysis examines the origins, dynamics, and termination of the Sandinista insurrection in Nicaragua, the Salvadoran government's decade-long counterinsurgency against the FMLN guerrillas, and the Contra insurgency against the Sandinistas. Todd Greentree establishes the ...
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Overview


Much can be learned today about the nature of irregular warfare, the author argues, from the experiences of the United States and the other protagonists in Central America during the final decade of the Cold War. This strategy and policy analysis examines the origins, dynamics, and termination of the Sandinista insurrection in Nicaragua, the Salvadoran government's decade-long counterinsurgency against the FMLN guerrillas, and the Contra insurgency against the Sandinistas. Todd Greentree establishes the historical, political, and conceptual relationship between U.S. involvement in the Central American wars, the Vietnam War, and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then develops a general analytical framework for understanding the fundamental and recurring nature of insurgency, counterinsurgency, and intervention. Greentree cites U.S. involvement in Central America during the 1980s as clearly demonstrating the costs, risks, and limits to intervention and the use of force in internal conflicts and warns that the consequences of such involvement must not be forgotten.
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"In the author's view, U.S. involvement in Central America during the 1980s clearly demonstrated the limits of intervention and use of force in internal conflicts. He believes that much can be learned today from our experience in those cases because, while U.S. aims were achieved, the operations had no tangible impact on the greater purpose — the Cold War overall."

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Proceedings

"[An] excellent and very timely book… Greentree's book is an excellent place to start for those who would like to refresh their memories about this critical era in the history of irregular warfare."

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Survival

"American policymakers…like anyone else who wants to learn about those conflicts, would profit greatly from reading this…very useful study."

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The Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591143437
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,252,037
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Todd Greentree was a Foreign Service officer in El Salvador, Angola, and other conflict countries and now serves as a brigade political adviser in Afghanistan. His home is in Santa Fe, NM.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert W. Tucker ix

Preface xi

1 Introduction: The Strategy and Policy of Intervention in Central 1

2 What Was at Stake? 20

3 The Problem of Limits 33

4 The Fall of Somoza and the Triumph of the Sandinistas 43

5 Reform with Repression in El Salvador 73

6 The Contra War 109

7 Every War Must End 135

8 Aftermath and Epilogue 157

Notes 167

Selected Readings 183

Index 189

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