Saturday, April 09, 2005

COIN 101

Good news -something I should have flagged up about a month ago.

I have mentioned on this site in the past a variety of books on the subject of counterinsurgency, among which there is a broad consensus that the best - or at least the most practically useful - is "Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice" by the late French theorist David Galula..

Unfortunately the book is notoriously difficult to get hold of - in spite of the fact that it has come to the attention of high-ups within the American defence community. The book only surfaced in one edition during the COIN craze of the 1960s and then, like so many books that emerged on that topic in that decade (regardless of quality) became about as difficult to find as snake feathers. Michael and I had attempted in the fairly recent past to disseminate the information contained within as far as possible, but obviously the effort was necessarily limited in scale.

Happily, it seems that the book is now coming back into print. You will not find it at Amazon but you can get hold of a copy from here. I would encourage all serving officers and anyone with an interest in the subject to get themselves a copy as it really is probably the single best one stop treatment of the area. Hopefully the powers that be in the British and American defence communities will have the sense to buy numerous copies and make sure that they are readly available in the relevant libraries.

Kudos to Mr Hailer for getting the ball rolling on this one. I'd encourage those with an interest to support his effort.

Oh and on a purely personal note, cheers to Terry Daly for pushing this title so hard in the first place way back when.

1 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

COIN 102

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