Saturday, 25 July 2009

Tariq Khan on Pakistan's militants

Tariq Khan on Pakistan's militants

The major-general in charge of Pakistan's Frontier Corps isn't offering any peace deals.

Kilcullen: Tea with the Economist

"Unsuccessful counter-insurgencies tend to take 9-10 years; successful counter-insurgencies tend to take a little longer, about 12-15 years."

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Institute for Effective States

The New Strategy in Afghanistan

Charlie Rose roundtable with Tom Ricks, David Kilcullen, and Lieutenant General David Barno.

Insurgency Research Group

Indigenous Forces and Sanctuary Denial

Indigenous Forces and Sanctuary Denial: Enduring Counterinsurgency Imperatives
LTC Robert M Cassidy
Small Wars Journal

Discussion of two COIN imperatives:

1. Training local forces, especially utilising "nomad" forces
2. The importance of denying sanctuary

and in particular using (1) to accomplish (2).

Some interesting points:

"...insurgents require sanctuary and external support to succeed."

Non-lessons from Sri Lanka

To Catch a Tiger
by Robert D. Kaplan

Sri Lanka's brutal suppression of the Tamil Tigers offers an object lesson in how to defeat an insurgency. Or does it?