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Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias


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By focusing on four specific hotbeds of instability-Somalia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Iraq-Richard H. Shultz Jr. and Andrea J. Dew carefully analyze tribal culture and clan associations, examine why "traditional" or "tribal" warriors fight, identify how these groups recruit, and where they find sanctuary, and dissect the reasoning behind their strategy. Their new introduction evaluates recent developments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the growing prevalence of Shultz and Dew's conception of irregular warfare, and the Obama Defense Department's approach to fighting insurgents, terrorists, and militias. War in the post-Cold War era cannot be waged through traditional Western methods of combat, especially when friendly states and outside organizations like al-Qaeda serve as powerful allies to the enemy. Bridging two centuries and several continents, Shultz and Dew recommend how conventional militaries can defeat these irregular yet highly effective organizations.

Table of Contents

1. War After the Cold War 2. Assessing Enemies 3. Tribes and Clans 4. Somalia: Death, Disorder, and Destruction 5. Chechnya: Russia's Bloody Quagmire 6. Afghanistan: A Superpower Conundrum 7. Iraq: From Dictatorship to Democracy? 8. When Soldiers Fight Warriors: Lessons Learned for Policymakers, Military Planners, and Intelligence Analysts Acknowledgments Notes Index

About the Author

Richard H. Shultz Jr. is director of the International Security Studies Program at Tufts University's Fletcher School. He is the author of many books, including The Secret War Against Hanoi: Kennedy and Johnson's Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam. Andrea J. Dew is codirector of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) and an associate professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. As the codirector of CIWAG, she is responsible for developing curriculum, case studies, and scholarly research on the threats and opportunities posed by irregular warfare and armed groups. A graduate of Southampton University, England, she earned her masters and doctorate in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her previous research fellowships include research associate for the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School and a security studies fellowship at the Belfer Center on Science in International Affairs, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


If you are interested in either irregular warfare or counterinsurgency, you should add this book to your reading list. Military Review Like it or not, the wars of tomorrow will be fought by small units of fighters who will operate unconventionally. Shultz and Dew have written a first-rate primer about these warriors of contemporary combat. Most importantly, they tell all who care-including, one hopes, the decision makers in the Pentagon and White House-a great deal about how to fight in places like Afghanistan and Iraq before things go wrong. Is anyone listening? -- Seymour M. Hersh, author of Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias authoritatively traces the evolution of conflict in the twenty-first century and incisively analyzes the formidable national security challenges confronting both established nation-states and the international system. The concluding section's discussion of lessons learned for policymakers, military planners, and intelligence analysts makes the book an especially valuable contribution to the literature. -- Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism and senior fellow, Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY This scholarly book is grounded in warfare theory, but is easily accessible for generalist readers. Publishers Weekly Wise and cogent. -- Robert Kaplan Wall Street Journal This is one in a handful of truly important books... It is fresh, innovative and immensely informative. -- Michael J. Bonafield Star Tribune [Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias] should be on every Pentagon reading list. -- Austin Bay Human Events Online [They] have done more than write a book on America's new enemies. The two authors have done a public service. -- Rowan Scarborough The Washington Times A succinct and well-presented history of the birth and growth of the extremist Muslim fundamentalist political movement. -- Col. Will Holahan Officer Thoroughly researched and highly readable... Examines how non-state armies fight, identifies the patterns and trends of their combat, and recommends how conventional militaries can defeat these irregular... organizations. -- LtCol Charles L. Armstrong Marine Corps Gazette Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias is a useful introduction to the topic of traditional warriors and modern warfare. -- Walter Ladwig Military Review [This book] provides valuable insight on what must be considered to set conditions for the commitment of military forces in future conflicts. Proceedings Magazine, US Naval Institute An excellent primer on the nature of warfare and our likely enemies in the twenty-first century. Parameters This is undoubtedly the single best book written on what has become a true global war on terror. -- Leo J. Daugherty, III, Ph.D. Journal of Slavic Military Studies [An] excellent study. -- Depaak Lal The International History Highly recommended for all senior policymakers, military planners, and soldiers on the ground who will have to confront traditional warriors face to face. Canadian Military Journal The book offers an excellent model Miliatary Review

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