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The New Insurgent Landscape

11 May 2009 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Chatham House, London


David Kilcullen, Senior Fellow, Centre for a New American Security; Partner, Crumpton Group, a strategic advisory firm; Senior Advisor on Counterinsurgency to General David Petraeus and then Condoleezza Rice (2007-08); author of The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
Chair: Frank Gardner OBE, BBC Security Correspondent



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.