Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice [David Galula, David Galula] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Back in print after almost. This monograph describes the nature and dynamics of insurgency and counterinsurgency (COIN) operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book. WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport.

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The other shortcoming is that Galula was writing in the s. But only for as long as he cannot be replaced, for it is better to entrust civilian tasks to civilians. Retrieved from ” https: Detach for the area sufficient troops to oppose an insurgent’s comeback in strength, install these troops in the hamlets, villages, and towns where the population lives. Very interesting use of historical examples.

Galula has been considered an important theorist by contemporary defence experts. This is not only military leadership from the generals to the privates, but also civilians put in charge of providing economic and social building blocks for the population under duress.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula

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Ineach wrote a manual on the lessons he had learned about the counterinsyrgency form of war fought in the last two of these conflicts. A victory is that plus the permanent isolation of the insurgent from the population, isolation not enforced upon the population, but maintained by and with the population.

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Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

On the other hand, insurgents lack power, but they are much more free to violate both their promises and social norms. It is interesting to see what someone has to say from so long counetrinsurgency that rings true today.


There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war – and to a good extent, the war in Afghanistan as well – represents. Aside from redefining a priori limitations to military engagements, Galula ingeniously prescribes new develop In Counterinsurgency Counterinsurgencyy Find out about the intractable conflict-related work that others in the peace and conflict field are doing.

Contract with the Control of the Population. Shopbop Designer Fashion Galuula. There is plenty in it to make one wonder why the U. At the heart of this political machine is the development of a counterinsurgent cause to compete with the insurgent cause. Apr 11, Marks54 rated it liked it.

And yet, in these wars, the civilians barely showed. Dec 12, Ayushman rated it it was amazing. Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent.

A quick and easy read don’t be fooled counterineurgency how long it took me; I went through part of it for a paper and then decided recently to read through it’s entirety for anyone interested in insurgency warfare. Establish contact with the population, control its movements in order to cut off its links with the guerillas. This ensures that soldiers do not have to countrinsurgency relearn the cultural nuances of a local area.

Group and educate the leaders in a national political movement. The theories in this work are not rocket science since many people must understand and work together to accomplish the different phases of counterinsurgency.

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A successful insurgency requires a viable cause to rally support. Oct 18, prakash tripathi rated it it was amazing. This book is still in force despite having been written in the 60s, since the principles observed by the glula have not changed much over the years.

Galula’s wife recalled that her husband went to China to follow Guillermaz, who was, “without a doubt, the most influential person in David’s life. It is quite amazing how well this book has aged, it’s concepts are still whole and can easily be merged with other works of political science and sociology to form a powerful ‘lens’ to understand happenings around the world.


Read more Read less. Feb 02, Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: Galula lays out both the theory and practice of insurgency and coutnerinsurgency in the most succinct prose and complete prose of any work available.

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While a revolution is a sudden and “accidental” mass movement and a plot or coup is an intentional effort to overthrow the top leadership in a swift action, an insurgency is intentional, but not swift. Cyr Military Academy in If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Jan 03, Anthony rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Theory and Practice, penned by David Galula inprovides a systematic discussion of how to defeat the insurgent and the pitfalls along the way.

Feb 16, Richard rated it it was amazing.

For a book written init really holds up. Thus, the objective of the ccounterinsurgency is the peop Short, lucid, clear how-to manual on defeating insurgencies. While some parts of the book are obviously dated, counerinsurgency core of the theory is still applicable today, and can be witnessed in Iraq A quick and easy read don’t be fooled counteribsurgency how long it took me; I went through part of it for a paper and then decided recently to read through it’s entirety for anyone interested in insurgency warfare.

While the two mostly agreed on definitions and implications, they began to diverge on the question of strategy and tactics. Perhaps even more important is the observation that, given the disparity of resources required by a counterinsurgent to exercise its responsibilities for security and governance compared to an insurgent, “intensity of efforts and vastness of means are essential”.