David Kilcullen

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The Accidental Guerrilla: F...

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Out of the Mountains: The C...

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Counterinsurgency

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The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
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“If I were a Muslim, I'd probably be a jihadists'; another: Just because you invade a country stupidly doesn't mean you have to leave it stupidly.”
David Kilcullen

“My personal position on counterinsurgency in general, and on Iraq and Afghanistan in particular, could therefore be summarized as "Never again, but..." That is, we should avoid any future large-scale, unilateral military intervention in the Islamic world, for all the reasons already discussed. But, recognizing that while our conventional war-fighting superiority endures, any sensible enemy will choose to fight us in this manner, we should hold on to the knowledge and corporate memory so painfully acquired, across all the agencies of all the Coalition partners, in Afghanistan and Iraq. And should we find ourselves (by error or necessity) in a similar position once again, then the best practices we have rediscovered in current campaigns represent an effective approach: effective, but not recommended.”
David Kilcullen, The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

“Insurgents make fish traps, as do militias, gangs, warlords, mass social movements, religions (Jesus, for instance, called his apostles to be “fishers of men”) and, of course, governments.3 Like real fish traps, these metaphorical traps are woven of many strands—persuasive, administrative, and coercive. Though each of the strands may be brittle, their combined effect creates a control structure that’s easy and attractive for people to enter, but then locks them into a system of persuasion and coercion: a set of incentives and disincentives from which they find it extremely difficult to break out.”
David Kilcullen, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

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