Insurgency, Terrorism, and Crime: Shadows from the Past and Portents for the Future

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New insights for understanding and combating Al Qaeda and other contemporary security threats

Wars were once fought mainly between nations—a presumption put to rest on September 11, 2001. Al Qaeda showed that nonstate actors could threaten a traditional nation-state and pursue strategic objectives without conventional weaponry, thereby altering the nature of war and often rendering military firepower meaningless.

National security expert Max G....

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Overview

New insights for understanding and combating Al Qaeda and other contemporary security threats

Wars were once fought mainly between nations—a presumption put to rest on September 11, 2001. Al Qaeda showed that nonstate actors could threaten a traditional nation-state and pursue strategic objectives without conventional weaponry, thereby altering the nature of war and often rendering military firepower meaningless.

National security expert Max G. Manwaring examines the emergence of nonstate actors in a geopolitical world. Manwaring invites policy makers to look past familiar insurgencies such as those in Vietnam and Iraq and consider global security problems from multiple perspectives. He concludes that the use of calculated political and psychological power may be the most effective response in many situations.

The power to make war no longer rests solely in the hands of traditional governments. Manwaring analyzes the context, conduct, and outcome of today’s irregular wars and applies proven methods of effective response to seven case studies: Colombia, Al Qaeda, Portugal, Uruguay, Venezuela, Italy, and Central American gangs and criminal organizations.

Insurgency, Terrorism, and Crime translates the cogent lessons of recent events into workable strategies for tomorrow’s leaders. This book is required reading for students of national security policy and foreign-policy analysis.

 

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Max G. Manwaring, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is Professor of Military Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, where he holds the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research. He is the author of numerous books, including Insurgency, Terrorism, and Crime.

Edwin G. Corr, a former U.S. Ambassador and former Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, is Associate Director of the International Program Center.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Edwin G. Corr Corr, Edwin G.

Introduction 3

1 A Multiple Conflict Syndrome: The Colombian Insurgency 13

2 Transforming War into "Superinsurgency": Hugo Chavez and Fourth-Generation Warfare 35

3 A Multidimensional Paradigm for Political-Terrorist War: Al Qaeda's Approach to Asymmetric Warfare 75

4 Sovereignty under Siege: Gangs and Other Criminal Organizations in Central America and Mexico 104

5 An Unorthodox Military Movement into and out of Power: Preventive Insurgency and Democratic Transition in Portugal, 1974 and Beyond 129

6 From Defeat to Power in Four Hard Lessons: The Uruguayan Tupamaros' Sea Change, 1962-2005 157

7 Reflections on the Successful Italian Counterterrorism Effort, 1968-1983 186

Afterword: The Manwaring Paradigm as a Guide to U.S. National Security in Asymmetric Warfare and for Strengthening the U.S. National Security System Edwin G. Corr Corr, Edwin G. 205

Notes 235

Bibliography 265

Index 279

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