Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and. Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN. This book provides an analysis of how to countermine insurgency and the elements that might hinder its defeat. Inspired by his military experiences as a French.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I plan to send a copy of this book to my friend in Afghanistan and maybe it will do some good. Beyond Intractability in Context Blog Links to quality news, opinion pieces, and reports that explain the intractable conflict problem and highlight successful responses. While some parts of the book are obviously byy, the core of the theory is still applicable today, and can be witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as several nations in Africa.

Galula, based on his experiences in the French Army during the end of colonialism, put his experiences to paper in this initial work on the theory of counterinsurgency. Selected pages Title Page. Yet whatever their differences, both have effective advice for the counterinsurgent, and both of the books should be used in conjunction when planning and preparing for counterinsurgency operations.

In counterinsurgncy ways, this aids a counterinsurgency because the “moral fog” surrounding the insurgents dissipates warare the counterinsurgency is free to act more decisively.

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The asymmetric nature of this relationship requires the successful counterinsurgency to capitalize on its tangible advantages and limit the insurgent’s ability to benefit from its intangible advantages. And he cannot cheat much unless his political structures are monolithic, for the legitimate opposition in his own camp would soon disclose his every psychological maneuver.

Set up, by means of elections, new provisional local authorities. While a revolution is a sudden and “accidental” mass movement and a plot or coup is an intentional effort to overthrow the top leadership in a swift action, an insurgency is intentional, but not swift.


Win over or suppress the last insurgent remnants. Thus, the objective of the conflict is the peop Short, lucid, clear how-to manual on defeating insurgencies. Without the support of the population, it is impossible to root out all the insurgents and stop further recruitment. Galula lays out the basic steps of an insurgency or revolutionary war and the steps neccessary to combat or suppress one.

Rather, action should be taken in select areas, and resources moved as needed. Revolutionary War Is a Protracted War. I can definitely see how the complacency of the general population can let a political movement that may not be to its direct benefit progress.

Selection of the Area of Efforts. Each of the steps is to be undertaken in a specific area consistent with the fourth law and then repeated in other areas as necessary. A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare. Check out our Quick Counterrinsurgency Guide or Video. Written inbut remains sound from everything I have read on the subject. Paperbackpages. Despite being a rather slim volume consisting of only pages, and reflecting upon a short time-span of counterinsurgency dating from the end of WWII to the early 60s, this is a concisely-written book that can either be scoured in a day or contemplated in a week.

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Greenwood Publishing Group- History – pages. Aside from redefining a priori limitations to military engagements, Galula ingeniously prescribes new developmental principles, laws and galulaa for states to effectively combat an insurgency.

A victory is that plus the permanent isolation of the insurgent from the population, isolation not enforced upon the population, but maintained by and with the population. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Countrrinsurgency the clear-hold-build strategy eventually applied successfully in Iraq though not by that exact name.

Galula provides his views on communist ‘revolutionary warfare’ and the manner in which Western militaries must adapt to face the on coming threat.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula

Why I started this book: There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war – and to a good extent, the war in Afghanistan galjla well – represents. Galula served as a French military officer in WWII asd afterwords in various outposts of unrest through the cold war, culminating in Algeria during the French army Destruction of the Insurgent Political Organization.


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 Galula’s observations and experiences of insurgencies in Algeria, Indochina, Greece, and China many decades ago have been translated into a clear, concise, quick to read guide about counterinsurgency that can be applied to conflicts today.

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Many people think it impossible for guerrillas to exist for long in the enemy’s rear. In addition, I have read many other books on this subject over the last couple of decades. For example, insurgent farmers counterinsrgency land reform can be stripped of their cause when the state provides land reform. Test those authorities by assigning them various concrete tasks. Establish contact with the population, control its movements in order to cut off its links with the guerillas.

Developing an effective doctrine requires the knowledge of what the population really wants.

Insurgents also decide when and where the conflict will begin, since they become insurgents through their own contentious actions. Shortly before retiring he wrote Counterinsurgency Warfare: Looking for beautiful books? Inhe was expelled from the French officer corps, in accordance with the Statute on Jews of the Vichy State.

When this is the case, the essential problem for the counterinsurgency is that the “actual danger will always appear to the nation as out of proportion to the demands made galupa an adequate response” p 4.