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Admin Note

25 May, 2008

Posting will be light over the next two weeks as I’m travelling.  Normal service will resume on 8 June.

Welcome to the IRG Blog!

11 March, 2008

Dear IRG Members (and any others interested in insurgency who may happen across this site),

I am delighted to announce the launch of this Insurgency Research Group blog which I must thank Will Hartley for creating. (You may note that he has been posting quite a lot to it already).

The aim of the blog is to facilitate communications within this group and thereby to build a virtual research community in our field. This blog will be used for a number of specific purposes:

  • To publicize events
  • To circulate articles of IRG members who wish to share them with the group; for instance here is my paper on Virtual Dimension of Modern Insurgency and Counterinsurgency which I presented at our recent RUSI conference (comments welcome)
  • To make administrative announcements related to the IRG
  • and to post articles of mutual interest to our community

If you would like to contribute to this blog as an author please contact us by the contact button on the sidebar at right. Otherwise, please add the site to your bookmarks list and visit often. There is a comments facility on the blog which you may also use. At present the blog is open to all comers.

There are some administrative matters which I would also like to take the opportunity to discuss with you.

First, I ought to introduce myself. I am Dr David Betz and I’m a Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies with a major research interest in insurgency. From the beginning of this group Dr John Mackinlay has acted both as its intellectual engine and its ‘spider in the web’. Henceforth, while John takes a deserved rest, he’ll continue to provide intellectual horsepower while I take over ‘spidership’ of the IRG.

Second, the first thing before us is convene a planning meeting. We have had a very successful series of three workshops now. The trick is to maintain this momentum. I would like to suggest Tuesday, 15 April 2008 in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London as a time and place. I recognize that all members may not be able to attend—nor is that strictly necessary—but those who are in London and wish to attend please RSVP.

Third, I would very much like to have members views and suggestions for agenda items for the above meeting as well as any thoughts on future workgroups. Dr Alex Marshall at JSCSC Schrivenham has suggested that we might hold our next event there. For my part I am very interested in pursuing further the exploration of media and communications strategies in the context of global insurgency which we have touched upon to a greater or lesser degree in previous briefings. I wonder also if the time is right for a discussion of ‘Global Insurgents: Beyond Al Qaeda’. There is an article in today’s Times ‘Eco-Terrorists Top FBI’s Threat List‘ which reminded me of the comments of Admiral Parry at our recent conference on his concern that ten years from now when the threat from groups such as Al Qaeda will have been superseded by even more virulent ones. These are ideas only. I am very open to suggestions.

Thank you all for your support of the IRG. I hope that you enjoy the blog and find it a useful networking tool. I look forward to hearing from you.

David Betz