Reconfiguring Intervention

Complexity, Resilience and the 'Local Turn' in Counterinsurgent Warfare

Editors: Moe, Louise Wiuff, Müller, Markus-Michael (Eds.)

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    • Offers a global scope of counterinsurgency (COIN) with a fresh theoretical perspective
    • Decentres Iraq and Afghanistan as the major theatres of contemporary COIN by comparing with Africa, Asia and Latin America
    • Provides in-depth empirical research and case studies to critically engage with global counterinsurgent warfare 

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This edited volume critically assesses emerging trends in contemporary warfare and international interventionism as exemplified by the ‘local turn’ in counterinsurgent warfare. It asks how contemporary counterinsurgency approaches work and are legitimized; what concrete effects they have within local settings, and what the implications are for how we can understand the means and ends of war and peace in our post 9/11 world. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding recent changes in global liberal governance as well as the growing convergence of military and seemingly non-military domains, discourses and practices in the contemporary making of global political order.


About the authors

Louise Wiuff Moe is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, global security governance and peacebuilding, with a regional focus on East Africa.

Markus-Michael Müller is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the ZI Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on transnational security governance, knowledge production, and violence. He is author of Public Security in the Negotiated State. Policing in Latin America and Beyond (2012) and The Punitive City: Privatised Policing and Protection in Neoliberal Mexico (2016).

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“This book brings fresh theoretical and empirical insights to contemporary counterinsurgency and its relationship to liberal peace-building, humanitarianism and population-centric warfare. It offers a provocative analysis of the ways in which counterinsurgency is moving beyond the parameters of state- and nation-building  outlined in FM 3-24 to a qualitatively new development in which the main objective of intervention is managing life at the local level.” (Alice Hills, Durham University)

“As Western powers are reflecting on the not-so-successful counterinsurgency operation in Afghanistan, this volume looks into the more recent transformations in counterinsurgency practices elsewhere, in international as well as national operations. By scrutinizing the forms and implications of the current ‘turn to the local’ in counterinsurgency practice and doctrine, Moe, Müller and the contributors give us a very timely, necessary and concise update to the analysis of changes and (not least) continuities in the relation between liberalism and the use of force in the current world.” (Finn Stepputat, Danish Institute for International Studies)>

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Complexity, Resilience and the ‘Local Turn’ in Counterinsurgency

    Pages 1-27

    Moe, Louise Wiuff (et al.)

  • ‘A Struggle for Control and Influence’: Western Counterinsurgency and the Problematic of Autonomy

    Pages 29-50

    Kienscherf, Markus

  • Ethnographic Intelligence: The Human Terrain System and Its Enduring Legacy

    Pages 51-73

    González, Roberto J.

  • Grey’s Anatomy Goes South: Biometrics, Racism, and Counterinsurgency in the Colonial Present

    Pages 75-95

    Bell, Colleen

  • The Peacebuilding–Counterinsurgency Nexus in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    Pages 97-118

    Turner, Mandy

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reconfiguring Intervention
Book Subtitle
Complexity, Resilience and the 'Local Turn' in Counterinsurgent Warfare
Editors
  • Louise Wiuff Moe
  • Markus-Michael Müller
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58877-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58877-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58876-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95468-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 229
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