Minting new COIN: critiquing counter-insurgency theory

Gventer, Celeste Ward, Jones, David Martin and Smith, M. L. R. (2014). Minting new COIN: critiquing counter-insurgency theory. In Celeste Ward Gventer, David Martin Jones and M. L. R. Smith (Ed.), The New Counter-Insurgency Era in Critical Perspective (pp. 9-31) Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137336941.0007

Author Gventer, Celeste Ward
Jones, David Martin
Smith, M. L. R.
Title of chapter Minting new COIN: critiquing counter-insurgency theory
Title of book The New Counter-Insurgency Era in Critical Perspective
Place of Publication Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1057/9781137336941.0007
Open Access Status
Series Rethinking Political Violence
ISBN 9781137336958
Editor Celeste Ward Gventer
David Martin Jones
M. L. R. Smith
Chapter number 1
Start page 9
End page 31
Total pages 23
Total chapters 17
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Over the last half-decade, counter-insurgency (COIN) rose to prominence as the dominant paradigm in American and British thinking about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and indeed for the presumed wars of the future. Counter-insurgency – or ‘COIN’ achieved such currency in the strategic community that it became more than a military doctrine: it became a universal panacea. This chapter is an attempt to begin a larger discussion by addressing a fundamental question: what is COIN? It begins by exploring whether counter-insurgency is a strategy, as has been asserted. It then examines the theoretical basis of counter-insurgency thinking, pointing out some of its incoherence. It concludes with a discussion of the role that COIN has played in recent strategic discourse.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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