, Number 8

Paul Cornish
Counterinsurgency operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq have long been at the centre of the security policy debate in the United States and else - where; a debate which seems unlikely to be resolved in the near future. But what exactly is counterinsurgency? This article offers some reflections on the practice and the politics of an especially complex form of military engagement. All military activity should be understood through the prism of politics, and counterinsurgency particularly so.

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