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Imperial nostalgia, the liberal lie, and the perils of postmodern counterinsurgency

By A. Marshall

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Since 9/11, counterinsurgency is back in fashion; the 'war on terror' has even been branded a 'global counterinsurgency'. However the context within which counterinsurgency originally arose is critical to understanding the prospects for its present success; the radically changed environment in which it is currently being conducted casts into considerable doubt the validity of the doctrine's application by many national militaries currently 'rediscovering' this school of military thought today. Above all, classical counterinsurgency was a profoundly imperial, state-centric phenomenon; consequently it only rarely faced the thorny issue of sovereignty and legitimacy which bedevils and may doom these same efforts today

Topics: U1, D1
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1080/09592318.2010.481407
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gla.ac.uk:42909
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