Galula described his experiences in two books, Pacification Galula’s Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice is. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and. Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN.

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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? 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. Establish contact with the population, control its movements in order to cut off its links with the guerillas. The Phoenix program Douglas Valentine Snippet view – Explanations of how the conflict and peacebuilding fields’ fundamental building blocks can help with both intractable and tractable conflicts.

A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla counternsurgency. But decisive action does not necessarily mean military action.

The “Laws” According to Galula, there are four “laws” of counterinsurgency. Fluidity of the Insurgent Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent. Unfortunately, an insurgent’s cause is often impossible for a state to adopt, without relinquishing its power. This review of mine is qualified on the basis that I have never served in the armed forces in any capacity, much less participated as a civilian in a counterinsurgency campaign, or even experienced one beforehand.

He Upon reading this, I realized that I have read this book before – in fact, probably twice before. Selected pages Title Page.


Customers who bought this item also bought. In addition, I have read many other books on this subject over the last couple of decades.

Has the book held up well since ? The counterinsurgent reaches a position of strength when his power is embedded in a political organization issuing from, and firmly supported by, the population. Jan 16, SpaceBear rated it really liked it Shelves: Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: This requires political programs aimed at placating the insurgent’s base.

A free and open online seminar that takes a complexity-oriented approach to frontier-of-the-field issues related to intractable conflict. One topic I found interesting in this book was the clear definition and separation of conventional versus revolutionary conflicts and the statement that all revolutionary conflicts, and therefore insurgencies are political in nature.

Very interesting use of historical examples. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Contents Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics. While counterinsurgents are powerful, they are obliged to uphold law and order, which limits their potential action.

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According to Galula, this coordination can be achieved through committees and integrated military-civilian hierarchies but, “more than anything else, a doctrine appears to be the practical answer to the problem of how to channel efforts in a single direction” p Weakness of the Counterinsurgent.

Sep 04, Caitlin rated it warvare was amazing.

Feb 02, Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: Find out what you can do to help society more constructively handle the intractable conflicts that are making so many problems insoluble. I read ciunterinsurgency in earl when I was trying to learn more about counterinsurgency war and the “surge” that the US forces were promoting in Iraq. He is judged on what he does, not on what he says. Dry and overly academic.


Jul 24, David rated it it was galulaa. The other book I was reading at the time – Horne’s history of the Algerian war — was far superior, although this book is fairly well known in military circles.

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In it, Galula, a French military officer with experience in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, seeks to provide a “compass” for the counterinsurgent, much as Mao did for the revolutionary.

Jun 24, Mscout rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is highly recommended to anyone who considers a career in the military or students in pursuit of a degree which pertains to international studies. Strengthening the Political Machine. From the “father” of COIN doctrine.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

The older soldier imparted an intellectual approach to military and geopolitical analysis. While important in “cold” insurgencies, this is the primary activity of counterinsurgents in “hot” insurgencies.

Sure, it’s from the insurgent point of view, but you’ll learn far more there than you will here, because while the subtitle may be “Theory and Practice,” the truth of the matter is that there’s no real “practice” in this book.