Grammar but no logic: Technique is not enough - A response to Nagl and Burton

Jones, David Martin and Smith, M. L. R. (2010) Grammar but no logic: Technique is not enough - A response to Nagl and Burton. Journal of Strategic Studies, 33 3: 437-446. doi:10.1080/01402391003750044

Author Jones, David Martin
Smith, M. L. R.
Title Grammar but no logic: Technique is not enough - A response to Nagl and Burton
Journal name Journal of Strategic Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-2390
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01402391003750044
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 437
End page 446
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In issue 33/1 of The Journal of Strategic Studies, John Nagl and Brian Burton were provided with the opportunity to respond to the observations we made in our article, 'Whose Hearts and Whose Minds? The Curious Case of Global Counter-Insurgency', which appeared in the same issue. Nagl and Burton's reply, however, did not overtly address the points raised in our article, but instead offered a re-statement of the precepts of classical counter-insurgency (COIN). While we certainly recognise the value of counter-insurgency methods in conflicts such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nagl and Burton's reply overlooks our original concerns about the limited utility of neo-counter-insurgency thinking outside these environments and the dangerous political implications it contains. They further ignore our core contention that a narrow preoccupation with theatre-specific technique has profound limitations when offered as a universal panacea to address complex transnational threats. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Keyword Counter-insurgency
International conflict
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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