Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare

Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare

by Daniel Marston, Carter Malkasian
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Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare by Daniel Marston, Carter Malkasian

Through history armies of occupation and civil power have been repeatedly faced with the challenges of insurgency. US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has highlighted this form of conflict in the modern world. Armies, sometimes reluctantly, have had to adopt new doctrines and tactics to deal with the problems of insurgency and diverse counterinsurgency strategies have been developed. These have ranged from conventional military operations to a combination of military and political strategy including propaganda, Psy-Ops, and other approaches.

In Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare 13 contributors examine developments in counterinsurgency from the early 20th century to the present. Each author, an expert in his field, discusses in depth the conduct and outcomes of operations across the globe, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, Afghanistan and Iraq, and draws out the lessons to be learned from them.

This book is a timely, serious yet accessible survey of a critical facet of modern warfare and present-day global conflict.


1. British Aid to the Civil Power: Ireland 1916-21 to Palestine 1948

2. US Operations in the Philippines 1898-1948

3. The Banana Wars

4. German Partisan Operations 1939-45

5. French Operations from Indo-China to Algeria: 1945-63

6. British COIN in Malaya 1948-60

7. US Operations in Vietnam

8. British Operations in Aden

9. British Operations in Northern Ireland

10. The Rhodesian Experience

11. Israeli Operations

12. Operations in Afghanistan

13. US and British Operations in Iraq

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846032813
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/22/2008
Series: Companion Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel Marston is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His book Phoenix from the Ashes won the Templer Medal Book Prize in 2003. In addition to teaching, Dr Marston is responsible for overseeing the counterinsurgency modules for Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Field Army. He has lectured widely on the principles and practices of counterinsurgency to units of the American, Australian, British and Canadian armed forces, as well as serving as a reviewer of and contributor to counterinsurgency doctrine for all of the above. In 2005 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Carter Malkasian directs the Small Wars Program at the Center for Naval Analyses. Prior to this he was assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force as an advisor on counterinsurgency. He deployed with I MEF to Iraq from February to May 2003, February 2004 to February 2005, and February 2006 to August 2006. His writings include several articles and two books, A History of Modern Wars of Attrition (Praeger) and The Korean War, 1950-1951 (Osprey). He completed his doctorate in the history of war at Oxford University.

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While the editing is lacking, the content is exceptional. I recomend this book to any person wanting to learn about counterinsurgency.