Since the end of World War II, there have been 181 insurgencies
around the world. Today, there are over three dozen violent
insurgencies, including in such high-profile countries as Iraq,
Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Ukraine. These insurgencies have
been led by a range of groups, from the Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria to the Taliban in Afghanistan. In fact, most warfare today
occurs in the form of insurgencies. If we are to understand modern
warfare, we need to understand insurgencies. While numerous books
have been written on the subject of insurgencies, there is no book
that brings together all of what we know into one accessible volume
that policymakers can understand and use. Waging Insurgent Warfare
is that book. Seth G. Jones, who has been deeply involved in the
Afghanistan war over the last decade, aims to help policymakers,
scholars, and general readers better understand how groups start,
wage, and end insurgencies. He weaves together examples from today
and from recent history into an analytic synthesis that focuses on
several sets of questions. First, what factors contribute to the
rise of an insurgency? Second, what are the key components involved
in conducting an insurgency? As he explains, insurgent groups need
to decide on a strategy, employ a range of tactics, select an
organizational structure, secure outside aid from state and
non-state actors, and conduct information campaigns. They then have
to routinely re-assess these decisions over the course of an
insurgency. Third, what factors contribute to the end of
insurgencies? Finally, what do the answers to these questions mean
for the conduct of counterinsurgency warfare? Waging Insurgent
Warfare is not only a practical handbook for understanding
insurgent warfare, but it also has implications for waging
counterinsurgent warfare. Highly readable, empirically
sophisticated, and historically informed, Waging Insurgent Warfare
will become a standard work on the topic.
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