Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism by David KilcullenBlood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism by David Kilcullen

Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism

byDavid Kilcullen

Paperback | September 19, 2017

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In 2014, a resurgent and bellicose Russia took over Crimea and fueled a civil war in Eastern Ukraine; post-Saddam Iraq lost a third of its territory to an army of hyper-violent millennialists; and the peace process in Israel seemed to completely collapse. In short, the post-Cold War securityorder that the US had constructed after 1991 seemed to be coming apart at the seams. David Kilcullen was one of the architects of America's strategy in the late phases of the second Gulf War, and he has also spent time in Afghanistan and other hotspots. In Blood Year, he provides a wide-angle view of the current situation in the Middle East and analyzes how America and the Westended up in such dire circumstances. Kilcullen lays much of the blame on Bush's initial decision to invade Iraq (which had negative secondary effects in Afghanistan), but also takes Obama to task for simply withdrawing and adopting a "leading from behind" strategy. As events have proven, Kilcullencontends, withdrawal was a fundamentally misguided plan. The U.S. had uncorked the genie, and it had a responsibility to at least attempt to keep it under control. Instead, the U.S. is at a point where administration officials state that the losses of Ramadi and Palmyra are manageable setbacks.Kilcullen argues that the U.S. needs to re-engage in the region, whether it wants to or not, because it is largely responsible for the situation that is now unfolding. Blood Year is an essential read for anyone interested in understanding not only why the region that the U.S. invaded a dozen years ago has collapsed into utter chaos, but also what the U.S. can do to alleviate the grim situation.
Dr. David Kilcullen is the Chairman of Caerus Associates. Before founding Caerus, Dave served 24 years as a soldier, diplomat and policy advisor for the Australian and United States governments. He was Special Advisor to the Secretary of State from 2007-2009 and Senior Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq in 2007. He is the author...
Title:Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western CounterterrorismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780190692261

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bloodthirsty for more Kilcullen titles Kilcullen, once again at his finest and by far the leading academic on counterinsurgency. With four titles to boot, the Aussie makes anthro readable and highly enjoyable. The latest displays how ISIS has been able to repeatedly strike fear into cookie-cutter counter-terrorism efforts.
Date published: 2017-12-07

Editorial Reviews

"Kilcullen's personal familiarity with the territory and many major players adds elements of vivid color to the well-informed discussions of history and policy, and the narrative is refreshingly nonpartisan. Direct, insightful, and frightening, this book will prepare readers to see through themisguided, simplistic solutions to the problems of Middle Eastern policy and Islamic terror so common in this election year." --Kirkus Reviews