operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and. Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport.

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This leaves the counterinsurgents with four options which are not mutually exclusive: Infiltration of the Insurgent Movement. New to the site? Set up, by means of elections, new provisional local authorities. The Phoenix program Douglas Valentine Snippet view – Acting directly on insurgent leaders arresting them, or limiting their actions is difficult in democracies and often backfires.

Tell us about your work. Conclusion While insurgencies often fail on their own accord, “Relying on luck The first law is that the population is paramount. Group and educate the leaders in a national political movement.

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The counterinsurgent reaches a position of strength when his power is embedded in a political organization issuing from, and firmly supported by, the population. Find out about the intractable conflict-related work that others in the peace and conflict field are doing. This “compass” is comprised of the laws and principals of counterinsurgency warfare, and corresponding strategy and tactics.

From Wsrfare to Tactics. Indeed, a counterinsurgency exists only in reaction to an insurgency.

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While important in “cold” insurgencies, this is the primary activity of counterinsurgents in “hot” insurgencies. In this book, Galula provides the basic strategy and tactics necessary to successfully defeat insurgencies through the development of a “political machine” capable of garnering public support.

Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare. A victory [in a counterinsurgency] is not the destruction in a given area of the insurgent’s forces and his political organization. Many people think it impossible for guerrillas to exist for long in counterinsugrency enemy’s rear. 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.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s insurgents and terrorists. Counterinsurgency in the Cold Revolutionary War. Colonel Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by the French army. Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol 33, Iss 5, p. Group and educate the leaders in a national political movement.

The development of these programs requires a coordination of efforts on the part of the counterinsurgency. Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics. Skip to main content. Inspired by his military experiences as a French military officer and attache in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the author realized the “need for a compass” in the suppression of insurgency, and he set out to “define the warfsre of counterinsurgency warfare, to deduce from them its principles, and to outline the corresponding strategy and tactics.

Strategy of the Counterinsurgency.

Lessons learned should then be rapidly applied to subsequent areas. 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 At the heart of this political machine is the development of a counterinsurgent cause to compete with the insurgent cause.


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Greenwood Publishing Group- History – pages. Such programs are often based on reason, and will be relatively ineffective in the early stages of an insurgency when “passion is counterinsurgemcy prime mover,” but as the conflict progresses and the pragmatic implications of the war become the “the prime mover,” rational programs which improve the lives of the populace will become highly persuasive.

Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula – Praeger – ABC-CLIO

Other editions – View all Counterinsurgency Warfare: Some of these steps can be counterinsurgncy in areas that are only partially under insurgent control, and most of them are unnecessary in areas already controlled by the government.

Such direct action should only be attempted when the insurgent’s cause in not popular, countfrinsurgency counterinsurgent has the legal authority to act, and significant publicity of such action can be prevented. 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.

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