Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat by Richard Shultz  Jr.

Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat

byRichard Shultz Jr., Andrea Dew

Kobo ebook | June 27, 2006

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Since the end of the Cold War, conventional militaries and their political leaders have confronted a new, brutal type of warfare in which non-state armed groups use asymmetrical tactics to successfully fight larger, technologically superior forces. In order to prevent future bloodshed and political chaos, it is crucial to understand how these unconventional armed groups think and to adapt to their methods of combat.

Richard H. Shultz Jr. and Andrea J. Dew investigate the history and politics of modern asymmetrical warfare. By focusing on four specific hotbeds of instability—Somalia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Iraq—Shultz and Dew conduct a careful analysis of tribal culture and the value of clan associations. They examine why these "traditional" or "tribal" warriors fight, how they recruit, where they find sanctuary, and what is behind their strategy. Traveling across two centuries and several continents, Shultz and Dew examine the doctrinal, tactical, and strategic advantages and consider the historical, cultural, and anthropological factors behind the motivation and success of the warriors of contemporary combat.

In their provocative argument, Shultz and Dew propose that war in the post-Cold War era cannot be waged through traditional Western methods of combat, especially when friendly states and outside organizations like al-Qaeda serve as powerful allies to the enemy. Thoroughly researched and highly readable, Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias examines how non-state armies fight, identifies the patterns and trends of their combat, and recommends how conventional militaries can defeat these irregular yet highly effective organizations.

Richard H. Shultz Jr. is director of the International Security Studies Program at Tufts University's Fletcher School. He is the author of many books, including The Secret War Against Hanoi: Kennedy and Johnson's Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam. Andrea J. Dew is codirector of the Center on Irregular Warf...
Title:Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary CombatFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 27, 2006Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231503423

ISBN - 13:9780231503426


Table of Contents

1. War After the Cold War
2. Assessing Enemies
3. Tribes and Clans
4. Somalia: Death, Disorder, and Destruction
5. Chechnya: Russia's Bloody Quagmire
6. Afghanistan: A Superpower Conundrum
7. Iraq: From Dictatorship to Democracy?
8. When Soldiers Fight Warriors: Lessons Learned for Policymakers, Military Planners, and Intelligence Analysts


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