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The New Insurgencies: Anti-Communist Guerrillas in the Third World
     

The New Insurgencies: Anti-Communist Guerrillas in the Third World

by Michael S. Radu (Editor), Anthony Arnold (With)
 

The appearance of ideologically motivated anti-communist insurgent groups in the Third World is an important new phenomenon that has received little serious attention. Analysis has focused on American attitudes, while the indigenous roots and motivations of such groups have remained largely unexplored. Michael Radu fills in the gap in The New Insurgencies,

Overview

The appearance of ideologically motivated anti-communist insurgent groups in the Third World is an important new phenomenon that has received little serious attention. Analysis has focused on American attitudes, while the indigenous roots and motivations of such groups have remained largely unexplored. Michael Radu fills in the gap in The New Insurgencies, with case studies and contributions from Anthony Arnold, Paul Henze, Justus van de Kroef, and Jack Wheeler.

As the authors show, more often than not, Third World anti-communist insurgencies express a general rejection of values and ideologies from outsiders. Many of these insurgencies reflect violent opposition to regimes installed by the Soviets during the 1970s, yet they only rarely articulate a struggle for liberal democracy. Nationalism, religion, or the preservation of traditional political and economic patterns are more often the true motivations. And while insurgents often apply military and occasionally political methods used by successful Marxist-Leninist insurgencies of this century, they tend to be rural based and close to the aspirations of the peasant masses rather than directed by the educated and urbanized elites.

The New Insurgencies includes case studies of major anti-communist movements today, including those in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, and Nicaragua. It shows that in each, the role of local powers such as South Africa, Thailand, and Pakistan rather than direct U.S. support has been critical to the insurgents' effectiveness. In part this may be because the old bipartisan Washington consensus based on anti-communism has evaporated; and Radu explores why this has occurred.

Regardless of Washington's support, the new insurgencies are likely to persist. Their impact on U.S., Soviet, and world policy will be profound. The New Insurgencies combines extensive use of firsthand data, including personal knowledge of some of the major personalities involved, with extensive bibliographic information. It is an essential tool for specialists in international relations, military affairs, and U.S. foreign policy, as well as those interested in understanding changes in Soviet domestic and international policy.

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The appearance of ideologically motivated anticommunist insurgent groups in the Third World is an important phenomenon that has received little serious attention. With a lengthy analytical introduction and a variety of case studies, this volume explores the indigenous roots and motivations of such groups, their base of support, relation to US and other outside interests, and the likelihood of their persistence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887383076
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1990
Series:
Foreign Policy Research Institute Book Series
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Radu (1947-2009) was a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-chairman of its Center on Terrorism and Political Violence. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Eastern Europe and the Third World: East vs. South; Europe’s Ghost: Tolerance, Jihadism, and the Crisis in the West; and Dangerous Neighborhood: Contemporary Issues in Turkey’s Foreign Relations. In addition his work has appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

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