How to Fight an Insurgency


How to Fight an Insurgency

Indeed, you see the same phenomenon with the success or failure of resistance or insurgent movements.  Interconnectivity seems to give things more power and influence to act while disconnectivity weakens it (of course, in human relations, legitimacy, authority, universal/culturally specific appropriateness and connectivity condition are important as well). 

Part of what makes al-Qaeda successful, for example, is its interconnectivity and apparently broad appeal to many people in the Islamic world.  Even if the actual fighters are a minority within the overall society, we can see that there can be significant tacit support from people living in the common society.  It is from this group that they’re able to get intelligence, material support and even prospective personnel to join their cause.

A better way of fighting the war on terror would be to isolate al-Qaeda groups and portray them as the enemy while making ourselves actually the good guy…

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About eamonntgardiner

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.
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