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Old 03-18-2015   #1041
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Default Economics in COIN

Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation: Economics in Counterinsurgency Operations
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Absence of a common operating framework, vague and conflicting guidance, and a lack of an integrated and cohesive effort among U.S. government agencies in the employment of economics in COIN operations is apparent. While clearly uncomfortable with COIN campaigns as an institution, the U.S. military and the U.S. government as a whole must remain prepared for future operations of a similar nature. A failure to develop a sound strategy for the employment of economics would inevitably lead to a repeat of the same ad hoc methods and structures used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Worse, the same inefficiencies, waste, and abuse would likely be repeated as well, an issue clearly exacerbated by the immense fiscal pressures presently facing the U.S. military and the nation as a whole. This paper seeks to identify the fundamental cornerstones of sound economic strategy in previous COIN operations in the hope of contributing to a more unified and efficient effort in the future.

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Old 07-29-2015   #1042
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No, COIN is Not a Proven Failure

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Old 10-12-2015   #1043
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Default COIN & the Capitalists: Private Sector Development and the Endgame in Afghanistan

COIN & the Capitalists: Private Sector Development and the Endgame in Afghanistan

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Old 12-11-2015   #1044
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Default CNAS: Donít Forget COIN, Because COIN Threatís Getting Worse

CNAS: Donít Forget COIN, Because COIN Threatís Getting Worse

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Old 12-14-2015   #1045
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Default Rethinking Western COIN: Lessons from Post-Colonial Conflicts

Rethinking Western COIN: Lessons from Post-Colonial Conflicts

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Default COIN Logistics: Letís Do Camels

COIN Logistics: Letís Do Camels

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Default On Winning Hearts and Minds: Key Conditions for Population-Centric COIN

On Winning Hearts and Minds: Key Conditions for Population-Centric COIN

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Old 03-03-2016   #1049
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Default COIN Counterinsurgency (merged thread)

Event: Lessons for Africa from Colombia’s Counter-Insurgency Experience

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Old 03-07-2016   #1050
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Default Uncertain COIN: a review

COIN or counter-insurgency features in many threads and this article is worthy of a new thread. The author Dr Geraint Hughes, UK Staff College, mainly covers Anglo-US practices, but refers to others and asks many questions about our assumptions.

Hat tip to the blog Defence-in-Depth again.

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As Clausewitz put it, ‘[everything] is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult’. It would be highly dangerous for governments and their armed forces to be seduced into the logic of ‘clear, hold, build’, and to assume that they can fight a ‘pure’ and binary (government v insurgents) campaign that does not account for the possibility of proxy warfare, internecine conflicts involving multiple actors, state failure, and the potential for either escalation or metastasised violence across borders. Indeed, the characteristics of current conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere suggest that the terminological distinctions between COIN, PSO, ‘stabilisation’, and ‘major combat operations’ are potentially becoming increasingly less relevant.
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No COIN Left In Afghanistan Ė Or The Elephant In The Room That No One Is Talking About

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Default The COIN Conundrum: The Future of Counterinsurgency and U.S. Land Power

The COIN Conundrum: The Future of Counterinsurgency and U.S. Land Power

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Default Where Are the Women? The Unfortunate Omission in the Armyís COIN Doctrine

Where Are the Women? The Unfortunate Omission in the Armyís COIN Doctrine

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Nine threads merged in, a few were one post with high views.

There are over a hundred threads, in various arenas which have COIN in their title so searching is needed still.
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Default Insurgent Justice: Why and how do rebels make law?

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Insurgencies win by out-governing the status quo power and the primary thrust of their strategy is nearly always the provision of alternative justice to populations hungry for better law. Frank Ledwidge’s brilliant book plugs the gap in the literature commendably. It is indispensable reading.
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This indispensable book explains how courts are now part of the broader battlefield, deployed by both insurgents and state forces in a world convulsed by unconventional warfare.

In most societies, courts are where the rubber of government meets the road of the people. If a state cannot settle disputes and enforce its decisions, to all intents and purposes it is no longer in charge. This is why successful rebels put courts and justice at the top of their agendas. Rebel Law explores this key weapon in the arsenal of insurgent groups, from the IRA’s ‘Republican Tribunals’ of the 1920s to Islamic State’s ‘Caliphate of Law’, via the ALN in Algeria of the ‘50s and 60s and the Afghan Taliban of recent years.

Frank Ledwidge delineates the battle in such ungoverned spaces between counterinsurgents seeking to retain the initiative and the insurgent courts undermining them. Contrasting colonial judicial strategy with the chaos of stabilisation operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, he offers compelling lessons for today’s conflicts.
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The author has an interesting bio indicated here:http://www.port.ac.uk/strategy-enter...-ledwidge.html
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Default Reassessing Counterinsurgency: Theory and Practice

This was a 2012 conference, held in Austin, Texas, with Kings College London, University of Queensland and the hosts The Robert Strauss Center. There is a list of articles by the speakers and on a quick check the links do work. Some names are familiar, others not and SWJ does appear.
There is a strong British emphasis, so a couple of Northern Ireland articles will appear on that thread.
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Default A major hole in COIN scholarship

Hat tip to WoTR for this commentary cum book review of Walter C. Ladwig III, The Forgotten Front: Patron Client Relations in Counterinsurgency (Cambridge University Press, 2017):
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The King’s College London professor takes direct aim at FM 3-24, and the West’s thinking on counterinsurgency, specifically its naivetť that the patron and client will share common political goals if the patron is doling out large sums of cash to the client.
(Later) Ladwig shines a bright light on some of the deficiencies in counterinsurgency literature and the United States’ naivetť about its relationship with its clients. His goal is to improve the West’s performance in future counterinsurgency battles.
Link:https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/ho...ency-campaign/
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British Counterinsurgency: Returning Discriminate Coercion to COIN

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