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Description - The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars In The Midst Of ABig One by David Kilcullen

In the first few years of the post-9/11 era, the established models for fighting 'small wars' proved distressingly ineffective against resilient insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the insurgents fought Western armies to a stalemate, it was clear that a new approach was necessary. David Kilcullen, a former Australian army officer, and one of the world's most influential experts on guerrilla warfare, became a key architect of the West's revamped military strategy. As the senior advisor to General David Patraeus in Iraq, Kilcullen's revolutionary approach to counterinsurgency was an intellectual foundation for 'the Surge' of 2007.

In The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen takes us on the ground to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the global challenge(the 'War on Terrorism') andsmall wars across the worldinAfghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia,Thailand, East Timor, andPakistan.He explains that today's conflicts are a complex hybrid of contrastingtrends that America has tended to conflate, blurring the distinction between local and global struggles, and thereby enormously complication our challenges. The West has continually misidentified insurgents with limited aims and legitimate grievances-'accidental guerrillas'-as members of a unified worldwide terror network. We must learn how to disentangle these strands, develop strategies that deal with global threats, avoid local conflicts where possible, and win them where necessary.

Coloured with gripping battlefield experiences that range from the jungles and highlands of South-East Asia and the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to the dusty towns of the Middle East, The Accidental Guerrilla will, quite simply, change the way we think about war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921372537
ISBN-10: 1921372532
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 155mm x 33mm)
Pages: 354
Imprint: Scribe Publications
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - David Kilcullen

David Kilcullen is one of the world's leading experts on guerrilla warfare and, rarely among his kind, has a PhD in political anthropology. He has served in every theatre of the 'War on Terror' since 9/11 as special advisor for counterinsurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, and chief counterterrorism strategist for the US State Department. He is a former Australian army officer with combat experience in South-East Asia and the Middle East.

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