The New Insurgent Landscape
The speaker will argue that neither counterterrorism nor traditional counterinsurgency is the appropriate framework to fight the enemy that the US and its allies now face. He will describe how stateless insurgents and terrorists are operating across a large number of countries and are only loosely affiliated with each other. He will review the problems the US has faced in applying different tactics to different situations, and suggest that insurgents with limited aims and legitimate grievances have been regularly misidentified as part of a coordinated worldwide network. The speaker was part of the small team that designed the 'Surge' in Iraq where he then spent a tour directing counterinsurgency programmes and providing hands-on advice to military, diplomatic, aid and intelligence agencies.