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Documents of Note #4

18 May, 2008

The following is the latest in a periodic round-up of reports, papers, monographs, etc likely to be of interest to IRG members and the wider COIN/CT community.

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The International Crisis Group has released the following new reports:

The Philippines: Counter-insurgency vs. Counter-terrorism in Mindanao

Lebanon: Hizbollah’s Weapons Turn Inward

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The Combined Arms Research Library has made the following documents available. Original date of publication is provided if the document is not new.

Violent Islamist Extremism, The Internet, and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat – US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Hamas: How Has a Terrorist Organization Become a Political Power? – Ben-Zion Mehr

Global Jihad: The Role of Europe’s Radical Muslims – James Palumbo and Daniel Vaniman, 2007

Losing the Population: The Impact of Coalition Policy and Tactics on the Population and the Iraqi – Timothy Haugh, 2005

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The SWJ Magazine has published interim versions of the following papers:

Third World Experience in Counterinsurgency – Russ Stayanoff

Force Structure for Small Wars – Andrew C. Pavord

Guerrilla Warfare and the Indonesian Strategic Psyche – Emmet McElhatton

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Eldis has made the following reports available:

Demilitarising militias in the Kivus (eastern Democratic Republic of Congo) – Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Humanitarian action in Iraq: putting the pieces together – Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

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RAND has published the following research papers:

Breaking the Failed-State Cycle

Afghanistan: State and Society, Great Power Politics, and the Way Ahead

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Documents of Note #3 [03 MAY 2008]
Documents of Note #2 [17 APR 2008]
Documents of Note #1 [14 APR 2008]

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Documents of Note #3

3 May, 2008

The following is the latest in a periodic round-up of reports, papers, monographs, etc likely to be of interest to IRG members and the wider COIN/CT community.

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RAND has published Volume 5 in its Counterinsurgency Study series of monographs, which is co-authored by IRG founder John Mackinlay and Alison Al-Baddawy.

Rethinking Counterinsurgency

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The May-June edition of the US Army Combined Arms Center’s Military Review includes the following piece by Philip Seib:

The Al-Qaeda Media Machine [PDF]

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The Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College has published the following studies:

Precision in the Global War on Terror: Inciting Muslims through the War of Ideas – Dr. Sherifa D. Zuhur [PDF]

Global Climate Change: National Security Implications (ed. Carolyn Pumphrey) [PDF]

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The SWJ Magazine has published interim versions of the following papers:

Social Epidemics and the Human Element of Counterinsurgency – CPT Nils French

Iraqi Non-Lethal Contributions to the Counterinsurgency – CPT Justin Gorkowski

The Counterinsurgency Cliff Notes – CPT Craig Coppock

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The US Department of State has released the latest in its annual series of terrorism assessments:

Country Reports on Terrorism 2007

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The International Crisis Group has released two new reports on Iraq:

Iraq after the Surge I: The New Sunni Landscape

Iraq after the Surge II: The Need for a New Political Strategy

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The Combined Arms Research Library has made the following documents available. Original date of publication is provided if the document is not new.

Pacification in Algeria, 1956-1958 – David Galula, 1963 (2006 Rand edition with foreword by Bruce Hoffman)

War by Other Means: Building Complete and Balanced Capabilities for Counterinsurgency – RAND

55 Trends Now Shaping the Future of Terrorism – Dr. Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies

Defeating Cross Border Insurgencies – Thorsten Joergensen, 2007

Tactical Handbook for Operations Other Than WarUK Ministry of Defence, 1998

Strategic Assessment of the Mau-Mau Rebellion – Robert Eatman, 2007

Chechen Suicide Bombers – Robert W. Kurz and Charles K. Bartles, 2007

The Evolution of Al Qaeda – Sean Wilson, 2007

Globalization and Asymmetrical Warfare – William Hartman, 2002

Piracy and Maritime Terrorism: A Seamless TransitionJohn Hahn, 2004

Asymmetric Warfare: An Historical Perspective – Frankling Miles, 1999

Why Insurgents Fail: Examining Post-World War II Failed Insurgencies Utilizing the Prerequisites of Successful Insurgencies as a Framework – Frank Zimmerman, 2007

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Secrecy News
has made available the following reports from the Congressional Research Service:

Operation Iraqi Freedom: Strategies, Approaches, Results, and Issues for Congress [PDF]

Iraq: Regional Perspectives and U.S. Policy [PDF]

High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and High Power Microwave (HPM) Devices: Threat Assessments [PDF]

Documents of Note #2

17 April, 2008

The US Army War College has released the Spring issue of its journal:

Parameters (Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1)

The Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point has released the April issue of its journal:

CTC Sentinel (Vol. 1, No.5) [PDF]

The Small Wars Journal has published interim versions of two new papers by CPT James Few and Clinton Watts in its online magazine:

The Break Point: AQIZ Establishes the ISI in Zaganiyah

Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan: What Foreign Fighter Data Reveals About the Future of Terrorism

The Combined Arms Research Library has published the following historical COIN documents:

Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902): Development of the US Army’s Counterinsurgency Policy (2002)

Urban Insurgency Cases (1965)

Isolating the Guerrilla, Vol II: Classic and Basic Case Studies (1966)

Isolating the Guerrilla, Vol III: Supporting Case Studies (1966)

The Hudson Institute has released the latest in its authoritative series on political Islam, featuring pieces by Gilles Kepel, Zeyno Baran, Hillel Fradkin and Husain Haqqani:

Current Trends in Islamist Ideology (Volume 6) [PDF]

The Oxford Research Group has released the following briefing by Paul Rogers:

Britain’s Security – A New Approach? [PDF]

RAND has published the following document by Roger C. Molander:

Perspectives on the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

Documents of Note #1

14 April, 2008

The Combined Arms Research Library has published the following two historical COIN documents:

Isolating the Guerrilla: Vol I (1966)

US Army Handbook of Counterinsurgency Guidelines for Area Commanders (1966)

Mark Safranski over at Zenpundit highlights the following paper by General Ya’akov Amidror:

Winning Counterinsurgency War: The Israeli Experience [PDF]

Secrecy News has made the following reports from the Congressional Research Service available:

United States Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom [PDF]

Iraqi Civilian Casualties Estimates [PDF]

Tibet: Problems, Prospects, and U.S. Policy [PDF]

Avatars, Virtual Reality Technology, and the U.S. Military: Emerging Policy Issues [PDF]