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Rethinking Political Violence

Democratic Counterinsurgents

How Democracies Can Prevail in Irregular Warfare

Authors: Patterson, William

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This book explores the ways in which democracies can win counterinsurgencies when they implement a proper strategy. At a time when the USA is retrenching from two bungled foreign wars that involved deadly insurgent uprisings, this is a particularly important argument. Succumbing to the trauma of those engagements and drawing the wrong conclusions about counterinsurgency can only lead to further defeat in the future. Rather than assuming that counterinsurgency is ineffective, it is crucial to understand that a conventional response to an insurgent challenge is likely to fail. Counterinsurgency must be applied from the beginning, and if done properly can be highly effective, even when used by democratic regimes. In fact, because such regimes are often wealthier; have more experience at institution-building and functional governance; are more pluralistic in nature and therefore enjoy higher levels of legitimacy than do autocracies, democracies may have considerable advantages in counterinsurgency warfare. Rather than give up in despair, democracies should learn to leverage these advantages and implement them against future insurgencies.

About the authors

William Patterson earned his PhD in International Studies from Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA. He previously served a tour in Afghanistan with the US Army’s Human Terrain System conducting socio-cultural research in furtherance of the USA counterinsurgency strategy. He is a graduate of the US Army’s Counterinsurgency Leaders Course. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals, and currently serves with the US Department of State.

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eBook £47.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-60059-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democratic Counterinsurgents
Book Subtitle
How Democracies Can Prevail in Irregular Warfare
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Political Violence
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60060-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60060-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60059-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 170
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