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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While killcullen warfare has obvious limits, Kilcullen stresses that neither counterterrorism nor traditional counterinsurgency is the appropriate framework to fight the enemy we now face.

Yep, been there done that. In important ways, it is still theoretical, and needs to be discussed and tested over and over because each conflict and set of objective circumstances is so different. I hope this book finds a wide readership in this country now and in the future.

A dense, thoughtful, empirically well founded and challenging analysis of how we ourselves unwittingly have played into the hands of takfiri terrorism by simplified conflict framing GWOT and overly kinetic approaches to conflict intervention in complex societal contexts eluding our comprehension and unsuited to our traditional Western way of war. Kilcullen manages to takes a logical common sense approach which is remarkably insightful.

Kilcullen is a military officer, but also an anthropologist. The Sheik has inroads into the city council, mayor, and local military commanders sometimes they may even be the same guy Recruiting him as an advisor was a very smart move by General Petraeus. This book’s conclusions and recommendations are based on sound accideental and sociology and are supported by history and a lot of data; they are humane, wise, and practical.

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

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Kilcullen thinks globalization and klicullen, and overwhelming U. His case study on Afghanistan should be examined further in light of current military operations in that cou Excellent book describing what is happening in the world from a terrorism and counterinsurgency perspective. I saw the author focus on the Accidental Guerrilla syndrome but move off thr a few times into other Counter-Insurgency areas. The Anatomy of an Insurgency This book will change the way you think about war, terrorism, and guerrilla warfare.

On both sides of a conflict.

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Aug 22, Murtaza rated it really liked it. Last but not least yet the worst. Kilcullen offers no quick prescriptions, and he’s deeply aware about the limitations of Western attention spans and patience as well as resources.

Nov 20, Phoenix rated it really liked it. Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced America’s decision to But the tone is consistent and well argued throughout. We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. Kilcullen looks at kilcullfn Afghan fighters not as Taliban supporters but as “antibodies” activated by outside intrusion.

He then moves on to Europe to explore how best to understand and engage disconnected Muslim communities. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. However, the war that the United States actually faces today requires different tools, including soft power ones, that can’t be manufactured in factories and correspondingly are in short supply.


Almost everything the author says makes sense. He also hints at how the current conflict may develop – where extremists make use of legislative loopholes to have safe havens in developed countries. As a result there is a crippling imbalance between strategic needs and what resources America actually has on hand to fight against amorphous hybrid warfare operatives hiding out within population centers.

Be the first to ask a question about The Accidental Guerrilla. I did not know that, but it was one of many things that I learned from this book. Hire local people, and those people are more likely to defend their projects against outside insurgents. European nations could be swamped by millions of Muslims so they hold these rights back, creating a dangerous population. Ultimately, Kilcullen aims to reorient the foreign policy discussion. A Catch 22 where no one wins.

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

The audio was so much easier for me to get the main points, I went back for the details. Kilcullen skillfully interprets the future of counterinsurgency, the proper use of military force and what we must learn from our losses and mistakes. His recommendations and conclusions should be examined by policy makers on all levels. He goes into detail regarding ‘the Surge’ in Iraq and expounds upon those informed approaches and tactics that helped him contribute to the Surge strategy.

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