Counter-COIN: counterinsurgency and the preemption of strategy

Jones, David Martin, Smith, M. L. R. and Stone, John (2012) Counter-COIN: counterinsurgency and the preemption of strategy. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 35 9: 597-617. doi:10.1080/1057610X.2012.702668

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Author Jones, David Martin
Smith, M. L. R.
Stone, John
Title Counter-COIN: counterinsurgency and the preemption of strategy
Journal name Studies in Conflict and Terrorism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1057-610X
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1057610X.2012.702668
Volume 35
Issue 9
Start page 597
End page 617
Total pages 21
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The notion of “counterinsurgency” (COIN) has for some years been the central concept driving military operations in Afghanistan, and before that, in Iraq. It constitutes the dominant idea influencing much current military planning of the major Western powers. This study questions the assumptions and relevance of the thinking behind counterinsurgency doctrine. It suggests that the ultimate effect of its dominance is to reduce the highly contingent nature of war to a list of techniques, the application of which are regarded as a sufficient precondition whenever states deem that they are confronted by conflicts that can be described as an “insurgency.” Such assumptions are both arbitrary and risk crowding out necessary, although by their nature very difficult, political judgments that are required for the effective construction and implementation of strategies that seek to ensure that the ends sought are proportional to the means employed.
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