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COIN in History

In this section we examine insurgencies and counter-insurgency campaigns in history as, indeed, this is where so many valuable lessons can be learned. Articles in here can range from the first recorded efforts of Rome to put down revolts, insurrections and rebellions through to the relatively late history of post-1945 Vietnam, Malaya or Afghanistan for that matter. The Chinese have a wonderful saying which translates as 'there is nothing new under the sun' when applied to how human beings behave and treat one another. This is most aptly applied to the study of small wars, insurgencies, terrorism and the counters to these violent plagues. Nevertheless, political expediency, such as 'casualty-avoidance,' in our time has led to the deliberate and willful ignoring of historical lessons and these were lessons paid for with much blood and not a little treasure. For example, America's engagement in the Vietnam wars brought forward whole libraries of superb and hard-fought for ideas for successfully countering insurgents and guerrillas yet they have been ignored for the most part in our time. They are now being 'relearned-in-pain' in places like Afghanistan but at a cost in frustrations and delays that threaten entire campaigns. Historical articles, from how to train local police forces to protecting villagers are the meat of this valuable section.

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The Lost Mandate of Heaven - [by Author: Dr. Geoffrey DT Shaw]

On 26 October 1975 the first Cuban soldier to die on African soil, one of six to die that day, was killed at Luimbale, Huambo province, Angola, by Combat Group Foxbat, a fighting force consisting of a battalion of Unita soldiers and a squadron of South African armoured cars, led by career officers of the South African Defence Force in disguise during a war that was not taking place.

Ngo Dinh Diem, the first president of the Republic of Vietnam, possessed the Confucian "Mandate of Heaven", a moral and political authority that was widely recognized by all Vietnamese. This devout Roman Catholic leader never lost this mandate in the eyes of the people; rather, it was removed by his erstwhile allies in the United States government in a coup sponsored by them resulting in his assassination.

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Wanted Dead or Alive - [Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden by Benjamin Runkle]

Book Review by Andy Wehrle

Benjamin Runkle's meticulously researched account of eight strategic manhunts conducted by the United States government makes for engrossing reading. Runkle turns dry historic detail into compelling page-turning prose. Runkle's recipe for success lies in mixing dusty historic detail with operational context and just the right dash of biographic detail. Under his pen, long forgotten manhunts take on renewed vigor as he sorts through the details of each operation looking for relevant lessons learned. In the end his efforts produce useful insights that policy makers and individual citizens alike would do well to heed.

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Guerrilla Lessons from the Past: - The Strength of Light Infantry

By Dan Bjarnason

The 60th anniversary of one of this country's greatest military victories is coming this Easter weekend. Sadly, it will be little noticed by most Canadians.


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The Green Book - Part One

The Solution of the Problem of Democracy

The Authority of the People

by Muammar Al-Qadhafi

The Instrument of Governing is the prime political problem which faces human communities.

Even the conflict within the family is, often, the result of this problem.


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The Cuban South African Clash - [by Pierre van der Walt circa 2008]

On 26 October 1975 the first Cuban soldier to die on African soil, one of six to die that day, was killed at Luimbale, Huambo province, Angola, by Combat Group Foxbat, a fighting force consisting of a battalion of Unita soldiers and a squadron of South African armoured cars, led by career officers of the South African Defence Force in disguise during a war that was not taking place.


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The Rhodesian COIN Experience - [by Trent Blair] Indian Fighter: The Counterinsurgency Waged by General George Crook - [by William Stroock] The Philippine War, 1899-1902, and the Western Way of War - [Mike Williams] Southern Strategy: The regular and partisan campaign of Nathanael Greene - [By William Stroock] Tao, Clausewitz and Counterinsurgency - [By Terry Tucker] A Brief Biography of Sir Robert Grainger Ker Thompson Guerrillas in the Mist / Hmong Resistance Continues in Laos - By Dr. Tom Marks Medieval Masterpiece: Edward I’s Counterinsurgency in Wales - By William Stroock Victory in Lebanon: Operation Peace for Galilee - By William Stroock Thailand: Anatomy of a Counterinsurgency Victory - by Thomas A. Marks, Ph.D. The Counter Revolutionary Sir Robert Thompson - Grand Master of Unconventional War - by Thomas A. Marks, Ph.D. The Russian Disaster in Chechnya 1994-1996 - by William Stroock Agrovilles & Strategic Hamlets: Prescription for Afghanistan? Terrorism as a Component of Insurgency during the Era of Ngo Dinh Diem Insurgency and the American Civil War - Major Kenneth P. Williams USMCR (R) Sir Robert Grainger Ker Thompson and the ARVN: Perspectives from a British Counter-Insurgency Expert - By Dr. Geoffrey DT Shaw Japanese Biological Warfare in World War II: The Aftermath - Kenneth P. Williams Running a Country: The British Colonial Experience and its Relevance to Present Day Concerns - by Michael Crawshaw The Long March: Mao’s Rise to Power 1934-1935 - Kenneth P. Williams

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