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

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/9203

http://www.effectivestates.org/about.htm

The New Strategy in Afghanistan

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

http://www.cnas.org/node/2862

Insurgency Research Group

http://insurgencyresearchgroup.wordpress.com/

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?

http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=1737884189525451761