David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose. The Accidental Guerrilla. Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. David Kilcullen. ‘For a wider perspective on the lessons drawn over the past seven years. By David Kilcullen. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ), pp., index. Reviewed by Matthew P. David Kilcullen’s Accidental Guerrilla is at.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. David Kilcullen writes very well when recounting his own experiences, and considerably less well when trying to support his theoretical model.

Trying to understand an ongoing conflict is extraordinarily difficult, but Kilcullen draws on his experience, research, and natural bent to establish a framework he insists can, will, and is working in various conflict theatres around the world. Kilcullen meanders from Iraq to Afghanistan to Timor to Thailand, stuttering and stopping to share insights on counterinsurgency best and worst practices.

While the United States might not “lose” this strange conflict, at least in the traditional sense, it is hard to see any kind of victory on the horizon either. HardcoverFirst Edition U. Even if concepts Kilcullen has raised are familiar to recent Western military and intelligence practitioners and students of guerrilla conflict, The Accidental Guerrilla presents a systematic way of looking, based on smart analysis and research, at the complexities of global strategy in this age.

Kilcullen’s themes would be instantly recognized and endorsed by the late George C. It’s just a thesis, but I think he’s onto something. Kilcullen presents quite an academic approach to Hybrid Warfare in this wonderfully rich account of conflict in the modern age.

After reading The Accidental Guerrillaone is left to wonder why the Pentagon did not listen to his tue advice back in Kilcullen sees today’s conflicts as a complex interweaving of contrasting trends–local insurgencies seeking autonomy caught up in a broader pan-Islamic campaign–small wars in the midst of a big one. Which is where I like a book like this to be.

In developing this idea, the basic ideas of counter-insurgency, especially the Petraeus version, such as in the new Army co-in manual, are developed clearly. These readings will give a reader from most backgrounds a firm grounding in issues and approaches for the complex environment. He warns that America’s actions in the war on terrorism have tended to conflate these trends, blurring the distinction gudrrilla local and global struggles and thus enormously complicating our challenges.


The bombing of a Holy Shia mosque created massive bloodletting between Sunni and Shia. Counter-insurgency and protracted guerrilla warfare, not shock and awe, are the order of the day. Advid are a few parts guerrulla, quite frankly,did not seem logical to me, at first in the face of the current threat. Book was hard to digest at times but the insights that he has from a variety of conflicts allows Kilcullen accivental fully analyze the strategic and tactical issues impacting the the global environment.

This book’s conclusions and recommendations are based on sound psychology and sociology and are supported by history and a lot of data; they are humane, wise, and practical.

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That we have so much and they have so little, and that they want what we have and we won’t give it to them, makes us ‘Accidental Supremacists’ my term not his of a sort. Kilcullen’s central concept of the ‘accidental guerrilla’ is brilliant and the policy prescriptions that flow from it important. Yes, the insurgency is very smart on how to create tension making it hard for us coalition good guys to deal with an already problematic environment.

I found his conclusions rather weak, but I think that may just be the nature of trying to wrap up a book rather than provide specific policy guidance for a specific situation. The Sheik has inroads into the city council, mayor, and local military commanders sometimes they may even be the same guy Selected pages Page xxii. The idea of comparing terrorism with a plague infection, contagio This book has much merit by adding to the existing base of knowledge.

Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced America’s decision to What does that mean? Recruiting will contact applicants within 45 days if their qualifications meet our needs. Clearly A complex and multi layered work.

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

Stalin’s Agent Boris Volodarsky. Unfortunately this older book seemed to be peering into the future warning us of Fort Hood, Boston, London, and many others that we invited into our lands only to have them turn on us. Whilst conflict throughout history has always likely driven by a few of extreme views that result in masses following.

Similarly, the whole concept of ‘hybrid warfare’ just grates Bragg, and that it took an Australian to set us straight. Does our aid and projects thw our COIN doctrine or do the people now just see their government as puppets? Or tried to fight before.


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The current war presents a much different situation: Sep 13, Jess rated it really liked it Shelves: I was fortunate to see the Sunni’s turn on AQI and begin the push against them. Kilcullen’s analysis of events in Kunar Valley a couple of years ago is fascinating and provides some interesting insights into what works. Unfortunately, our “long stare” has wavered and it appears Kunar has once again descended into chaos. Bare with Kilcullen through his many stories — sometimes entertaining, other times academic — and you will find that The Accidental Guerrilla presents not only counterinsurgency best practices, grand military strategy, and the underpinnings of a new military doctrine, but also a 21st foreign policy agenda.

Similarly, he points out, success in Iraq involved bringing tribes and insurgent groups into sanctioned security arrangements and gave locals alternatives to the extremist option. Where these very counter insurgency best practice approaches revolve around an enemy which is constantly adapting, evolving and applying pressure.

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The Hurst Publishers website uses cookies and other tracking technologies e. Kolcullen builds off his field knowledge and explains where counterinsurgency in particular and military operations more generally should fit into a greater foreign policy, which is proactive, yet fully kilculllen of the costs in terms of resources and secondary effects of armed intervention.

Last but not least yet the worst. I knew then it was important, I just couldn’t concentrate on the reading.

The type of book the boss will have someone do an executive summary on it as he is too lazy to read it. View guerrrilla 4 comments. In other words our children’s children will be fighting this war.