David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose. The Accidental Guerrilla. Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. David Kilcullen. ‘For a wider perspective on the lessons drawn over the past seven years. By David Kilcullen. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ), pp., index. Reviewed by Matthew P. David Kilcullen’s Accidental Guerrilla is at.

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I agree that foreign fighters and Rupert Smith’s ‘franchisers of terror’ are significant forces in the irregular activity world, however I simply do not accept that national guerrillas become such ‘by accident’. Quotes from The Accidental Gu Conflicts from Indonesia to Europe.

Hire local people, and those people are more likely to defend their projects against outside insurgents. He thinks we face a global insurgency of Takfir terrorists, basically Al-Qaida, who are trying to attack the West. Kilcullen builds off his field knowledge and explains where counterinsurgency in particular and military operations more generally should fit into a greater foreign policy, which is proactive, yet fully cognizant of the costs in terms of resources and secondary effects of armed intervention.

Given the floundering incompetence of the current administration, I think we could be looking at something even longer and more consequential for global society.

Still, his main point, about how precarious the balance of loyalty can be–do the locals shoot at us or join us in “protecting” them–is fascinating and revelatory. Feb 03, Simon rated it liked it.

The author is very spot on with many of his discussions. In looking at these cases the author uses a medical analogy suggesting phases of an infectious disease: I knew davjd it was important, I acciental couldn’t concentrate on the reading. Regardless, I hope that some of his more visionary remedies find traction in DC.

Islamist infiltration and subversion of Western societies is one of my current interests — q. May 05, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: Colored with gripping battlefield experiences that range from the jungles and highlands of Southeast Asia to 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.


Took me a while to pick this book up as I didn’t like the title. A must-read for anyone interested in insurgency, the on-going wars, or countering the Islamist threat more generally. It has proponents, and detractors. But, recognizing that while our conventional war-fighting superiority endures, any sensible enemy will choose to fight us in this manner, we should hold on to the knowledge and corporate memory so painfully acquired, across all the agencies of all the Coalition partners, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kilcullen is a military officer, but also an anthropologist.

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

If you continue on this website you will be providing your consent to our use kikcullen this information. The bombing of a Holy Shia mosque created massive bloodletting between Sunni and Shia.

Feb 11, Damon rated it it was amazing. Counter-insurgency and protracted guerrilla warfare, not shock and awe, are the order of the day. The author is both a skilled researcher and a savvy soldier with experience in guerrilla parts of the world. Want to Read saving…. I just bought his next book “Counterinsurgency” and can’t wait to read kilculldn. It’s all about the Sheiks. European nations could be swamped by millions of Muslims so they hold these rights back, creating a dangerous population.

The bulk of the groups fighting against American and allied forces, Kilcull A fine introduction to the basic concepts of counterinsurgency warfare by one of its leading theorists a former Australian Army officer with a PhD and combat experience in East Timor as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, the man who was a key player in the restructuring of the American war effort in Iraq. In this book, Kilcullen first introduces successful attempts to reduce violence and increase local participation in governance and stabilization in Afghanistan, then sheds light on the conflicts in Iraq, and then discusses East Timor, where he earned his credentials as part of the U.


Hardware like this also happens to be very expensive, and its production is core to the U. Beyond the War on Terrorism.

Nonetheless they have managed to capitalize on American errors to a stunning degree. The US Army advisor does not limit himself to an assessment of counterinsurgency tactics, however.

The Accidental Guerrilla – Hardcover – David Kilcullen – Oxford University Press

Bare with Kilcullen through his many stories — sometimes entertaining, other times academic — and you will find that The Accidental Guerrilla presents not only counterinsurgency best practices, grand military strategy, and the underpinnings of a new military doctrine, but also a 21st foreign policy agenda.

Contact the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties. It remains dependent on your situation how others see and react to you in the majority unless you are the instigator of the conflict. I am, seriously, considering buying copies for all the members of my state’s Congressional delegation. The work re-enforces the age learned result that when individually challenged we are all likely guerrrilla raise arms in defense of our own immediate others.

Strategies should emphasize the population: Mar 27, Chris advid it it was amazing Shelves: Out of the Mountains David Kilcullen. One mans terrorist remains another mans freedom fighter remains another mans defender.

Implementing conceptual frameworks that quantify best practise in the field of Accidental Guerrilla syndrome ad hoc fighters with little interest in Jihadic motivations and in counter insurgency.

We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. While the United States might not “lose” this strange conflict, at least in the traditional sense, it is hard to see any kind of victory on kilcyllen horizon either. Jun 06, Christopher rated it really liked it.