A comforting balm. That someone may wind up shooting at you. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Publisher's Summary. Hence you have accidently created a guerrilla. Refresh and try again. “This book, like its wars, is a hybrid: part field study, part personnel recollection; perhaps too academic to be popular and too populist to be purely academic.”. If there is an expert to tell this story, it is Col. Kilcullen. Faced with unsuccessful military interventions in several conflicts, some of our own making, the U.S. military leadership seconded Lt. Col. David Kilcullen of the Australian Army to work with them on devising a and testing a new strategy that might allow them to withdraw from their engagements without complete failure. Lawrence evoked the means of waging irregular warfare in his 1926 classic, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Mr Kilcullen describes the practitioner's art of combating insurgents. "— Clearly, also, the AQ affiliate Jema’ah Islamiyah (JI) has used Thailand as a venue for key meetings, financial transfers, acquisition of forged documents,75 and money laundering and as a transit hub for operators.”, Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature Nominee (2010), Ike Skelton's Military History reading list (nonfiction), http://five-books.com/interviews/mary-kaldor, Goodreads Members Share the Books They've Been Rereading. By discussing the ways the nationalist and transnational terrorism we are able to see the way that people are brought slowly into the world of fighting against the United States. In the end, I loved the book - although very academic and you have to wade through Dave's barely disguised self praise at times. The problem is in the details--sure, the local el. Overall, I loved the first third but the last 2/3rds knocked off two stars. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen. A deep read for those who may only have a general interest in the subject but an absolute must for those who wish to test the theories of Hybrid and Insurgency/Counterinsurgency warfare against contemporary events. Is Al Queda bankrupting our government? The author warns the reader that the book is too informal for the academic and too academic for the layman. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. While some may say that Kilcullen's theories on the Accidental Guerrilla are not revolutionary, I believe that to the date of the book being published they, in a manner of ways, were. White, Medieval Technology and Social Change, Sagan & Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons, https://saass.fandom.com/wiki/Kilcullen,_The_Accidental_Guerrilla?oldid=4140. Overall, I felt this book was quite informative regarding one of the greatest threats we face in the 21st Century. The Accidental Guerrilla Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One Oxford University Press . David, much to his credit, seemed to be seeking the common core or the unifying thread within the composition of insurgencies as an phenomenon. Kilcullen manages to takes a logical common sense approach which is remarkably insightful. Then there is Kilcullen the scholar, presenting his own grand theory of insurgency and prescribing a set of “best practices” to which counterinsurgents should adhere. Although LtCol/Dr. Kilcullen offers a non-technical introduction to COIN as well as a thoughtful tour of some of the world's insurgencies. Kilcullen is also a Petraeus/Mansoor acolyte, which has its own baggage. Centralized Control/ Decentralized Execution. But, recognizing that while our conventional war-fighting superiority endures, any sensible enemy will choose to fight us in this manner, we should hold on to the knowledge and corporate memory so painfully acquired, across all the agencies of all the Coalition partners, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Superb and engaging with a fall out which presses you to read more on the subject. Does our aid and projects support our COIN doctrine or do the people now just see their government as puppets? The descriptive knowledge on the ground,was what I found perhaps the best part of the writing. Anyone with an interest in contemporary military history, the "War on Terror" in general, or the situation in Afghanistan & Pakistan will benefit from reading this field-driven study. I found that to be accurate; my interest in the content didn't survive the demands on my time and aattention, alas. I do intend on re-reading this section of the book.) The type of book the boss will have someone do an executive summary on it as he is too lazy to read it. Be the first to ask a question about The Accidental Guerrilla. A senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge". Took me a while to pick this book up as I didn't like the title. (Perhaps because I haven't followed this situation much in the news in recent years. Recruiting him as an advisor was a very smart move by General Petraeus. This is the book I've been waiting 8 years to read. SAASS Comps Prep Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Today, he is the military equivalent of a rock star, with a degree of influence in the US military rarely enjoyed by foreigners. These “accidental guerrillas” are the kind of individuals Kilcullen met in Java, like Mrs. N’s husband, the local imam. There are a few parts which, quite frankly,did not seem logical to me, at first in the face of the current threat. The Accidental Guerilla and Counterinsurgency, David Kilcullen is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and chair of Caerus Associates. This offers a lot of opportunity to drive wedges, to offer a better set up and to get the extremists rejected from their hosts. And should we find ourselves (by error or necessity) in a similar position once again, then the best practices we have rediscovered in current campaigns represent an effective approach: effective, but not recommended.”, “Some terrorism analysts have seen the southern insurgency as an Islamic jihad that forms part of the broader network of AQ-linked extremism, with Islamic theology and religious aspirations (for shari’a law or an Islamic emirate) as a key motivator.73 This surface impression is reinforced by the facts that the violence is led by ustadz74 and other religious teachers, that the mosques and ponoh (Islamic schools) have a central role as recruiting and training bases, and that militants repeatedly state that they are fighting a legitimate defensive jihad against the encroachment of the kafir (infidel) Buddhist Thai government. A fine introduction to the basic concepts of counterinsurgency warfare by one of its leading theorists--- a former Australian Army officer with a PhD and combat experience in East Timor as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, the man who was a key player in the restructuring of the American war effort in Iraq. I read this in conjunction with Akbar Ahmed's "The Thistle and the Drone," and found it to be a thoughtful take on the War on Terror that combines both a military and anthropological perspective. David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west” (Washington Post). This book is a detailed study of the accidental guerrilla syndrome and why it matters. If you are headed to or very interested in Afghanistan, read Chapters 2 and 5. As a result the United States has attacked these networks for being "sanctuaries" and made enemies out of huge numbers of people whose only motivation for fighting is to be left alone. It must be borne in mind that the title is already dated and the situation (in Iraq, for instance) has already altered the strategic environment. Author: David KilcullenReviewer: Toby Lauterbach, Online Book Reviews A hardcore group of Bin Ladenist revolutionaries has found ways to hide out in traditional tribal networks whose cultures are based on providing hospitality to guests in danger. After readingThe Accidental Guerrilla, one is left to wonder why the Pentagon did not listen to his sage advice back in 2003." Welcome back. It summarized to a fine point...if you are in someone else's country...you are going to piss him/her off. March 16th 2009 The “Accidental Guerrilla” syndrome is a fascinating concept for further exploration and development, however it is not a “one-size-fits-all,” silver bullet recipe to understanding the complexity of insurgent 5th generation warfare. Good to know they finally started listening to the author. The US Army advisor does not limit himself to an assessment of c. The Accidental Guerrilla is indeed not an easy read, but is rich with the life experience and thoughtful analysis of one of the world's foremost counterinsurgency experts. Discover the latest and greatest in eBooks and Audiobooks. David Kilcullen. David Kilcullen's is definitely worth reading if you are interested in getting one expert's perspective on how western societies should deal with terrorism for the next fifty. This piece of writing guides the reader in understanding of these wars beyond a naive view of perceiving all as terrorists. I do intend on re-reading this section of the book.) His proposed solutions make sense and are food for thought. Truly superb. This was a memorable book, as well as the first that I read on my iphone based Kindle reader. A brilliantly written anthropological study of the psychology, drivers, outcomes and behaviors caused by "modern" conflicts at the tribal and personal level. In developing this idea, the basic ideas of counter-insurgency, especially the Petraeus version, such as in the new Army co-in manual, are developed clearly. Dave nails it! The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen. David Kilcullen talked about his book [The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One] (Oxford University Press, USA; March 16, 2009). Kilcullen presents quite an academic approach to Hybrid Warfare in this wonderfully rich account of conflict in the modern age. One of the very best thought books on counter-insurgency out there, including classics such as Nagl's How to eat soup with a knife" or good histories, such as Horne's Savage War of Peace. He is one of the Ph.D.s in General Petraeus' brain trust that was assembled to implement the new counter-insurgency strategy put in place to save the US from defeat in the second Iraq War -- the "surge". Kilcullen meanders from Iraq to Afghanistan to Timor to Thailand, stuttering and stopping to share insights on counterinsurgency best (and worst) practices. by Oxford University Press, Inc. I gave this one four stars since I disliked the Accidental Guerrilla aspect of all the discussion. Notes from Gloves / “neo-Salafi ‘jihadists’ … are often implacable fanatics, [but] the local guerrillas they exploit frequently fight because … we are intruding into their space” xiv / “he is engaged in resistance rather than insurgency” xiv / counter-terror, which focuses on removing the terror network, won’t work because it’s enemy-centric; COIN, which focuses on winning the population, won’t work because it’s social- and political-centric xv / it’s not terrorism, it’s not insurgency, it’s hybrid warfare xvii / use the term takfiri instead of jihadi or salafist xviii-xix / human security and national security are not necessarily parallel 4 / hybrid warfare combines non-state actors and new tech with all the old threats, in the same operational and strategic space 6 / War on Terror militarizes foreign policy 7 / four models describe the threat environment: globalization backlash, global insurgency, Islamic civil war, and asymmetric warfare 7-27 / while the direct approach was understandable (had to do something after 9/11) but counterproductive to US nat’l interests 20 / extreme intolerance among takfiri and other Islamic groups mean there are sgfnt cleavages the US should exploit 21 / because the US is so strong, it is critical that she establish a fundamentally benign intent – otherwise, every nation on earth is stuck in the security dilemma 23 / opposing models include Islamo-fascism, clash of civilizations, and fourth-generation warfare 28 / al Qaeda is “inciter-in-chief,” not commander-in-chief 28 / al Qaeda mil strat is to bleed US economy white 29 / accidental guerrilla syndrome steps: 1) AQ infects a safe haven, 2) AQ spreads violence, 3) outsider disrupts safe haven, 4) locals ally with AQ to oust outsiders 34-38 / locals reject outsiders like a body rejects a foreign object, even one that has a beneficial purpose 38 / “instability in Afg is a far broader problem than insurgency” 46 / “The Taliban may be cruel … but they are seen as fair” 47 / about a quarter of the insurgents are full-timers, with the balance being ad hoc accidentals 48-9 / insurgency isn’t focused on overthrowing the state – but in creating a Taliban state that includes part of Pakistan 50 / weak district governors give Taliban room to operate 51-2 / development must be targeted during COIN, to ensure only the good guys get aid 66ff / remember that in a traditional society, choices are made collectively, not individually 68 / tribal governance has three parts: tribal elders, local mullahs, and gov’t rep 77-8 / during times of external threat, mullahs get more authority 79 / tribal governance threatened by zealotry, unemployment, and foreign influences from both extremes 79-80 / seven elements of the Taliban system: three in Afg (full-time fighters, local guerrillas, and village cells) and four in Pak (training and logistics, political and religious leadership, recruiting service, and sponsors and backers) 83 / how to counter the elements: secure the people, separate them from the enemy, enable local governance, and connect local government to higher echelons of govt 93 / another breakdown of the method: secure populace, separate enemy elements, build local allies, deny enemy access to the populace, link people to govt, be persistently present, and use full-spectrum political maneuver 94 / “building of a road drags [the enemy] to you,” where you can use echeloned fires to kill him 96-7 / full-spectrum political maneuver is like blocking access with military, withholding something nice (tea, sugar, cooking oil) from the accidentals while providing it to cooperators, and promising relief upon entry into govt negotiations 104 / success requires knowledge of terrain, tribal structure, economics, and politics 106-7 / the presence of a road isn’t the magic – it’s the process of building the road that decouples insurgents from the populace 108-9 / Coalition C2 is byzantine, and that’s not good 110 / priorities: first, build an Afghan state; second, eliminate security threats; third, limit drug trade 113 / “there is no substitute for understanding [the] cultural terrain” 114 / it’s not colonialism if it’s only temporary 114 / blitzkrieg in Iraq was a bad idea 117 / accidental guerrilla syndrome steps in Iraq started with step three, the outsider invades 118 / “accepting the occasional mortaring as the cost of doing business in Iraq” is a better approach than overwhelming kinetic counterfire 125 / it’s force protection getting a higher priority than the strategic benefit of winning popular support 125 / Iraqi terrain that needed clearing wasn’t topographical but human 145 / Iraq hybrid warfare has four strategic problems: terrorism, insurgency, sectarian and ethnic conflict (which overlap) and an underlying lack of governance and services 149-51 / Iraq is an insurgency, plus a terror campaign, plus a civil war 152 / locals are allies, not employees – leads to trust and gives honor 165 / tribal-led reconciliations 168-70 / limited success led to bandwagoning 180 / eight COIN best practices: political strategy, comprehensive approach, continuity, secure the populace, synch development, partner with locals for govt, partner with locals for security, disrupt safe havens with a regional approach 265-7 / a local security person is worth about five outsiders, for “tooth-to-tail” and rotation issues alone 270 / GWOT has made terrorism an existential threat for other nations 272 / the existential threat to the US is that we would overreact and become something different (a police state, a colonial power, etc.) If so, skip ahead to the conclusion of that section and move on -- you can always come back to it. This book should be required reading for every military leader, and for every political leader involved in decisions on military policy and economic development in other countries. The "Accidental Guerrilla" syndrome is a fascinating concept for further exploration and development, however it is not a "one-size-fits-all," silver bullet recipe to understanding the complexity of insurgent 5th generation warfare. I have read a few of this genre and this is the best of breed in my opinion. $27.95. Kilcullen's real-world observations shatter the wet dream macho fantasies of the "let's go kick some ass" crowd, and illustrate how real warriors win these real wars. David Kilcullen's the Accidental Guerrilla, is a much needed, accessible to a general audience, serious discussion of the business of counterinsurgency and the separate topic of counter-terrorism. The point of this book is to come up with a theory of insurgency that explains how new "global" terrorist groups such as al-Qaida can prosper and link up with more conventional national liberation g. This is an Australian who combines a career as a military officer with that of an anthropologist. I read this in conjunction with Akbar Ahmed's "The Thistle and the Drone," and found it to be a thoughtful take on the War on Terror that combines both a military and anthropological perspective. Professor Mary Kaldor of LSE has chosen to discuss, So, on one level, Kilcullen is absolutely right--21st century extremism is NOT a malevolent, monolithic array of "others" out to get the US. To date, this is the most clear and concise assessment of our current conflict environment told through the eyes of an anthropologist, counterinsurgency theorist and soldier. The beginning of the book is absolutely fantastic and reflects the changing perceptions of terrorism and the ways that terrorism is not the simple monolith that we think it is. We’d love your help. Kilcullen's in-depth analysis of the tactics of various terrorist organizations is eye-opening and provides a unique perspective to understand the ongoing situation in various Middle East and North African states. These “accidental guerrillas” fight in small wars and face not only their own governments’ response, but Western response as well. Therefore I love his thesis but feel that he is unable to apply the theory to various situations. I found this a good read- recommended. Oxford University Press, 2009, 384 pp. This book is his attempt to explain his thinking on the worldwide Islamic insurgency and the best methods to try and c. Faced with unsuccessful military interventions in several conflicts, some of our own making, the U.S. military leadership seconded Lt. Col. David Kilcullen of the Australian Army to work with them on devising a and testing a new strategy that might allow them to withdraw from their engagements without complete failure. David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas "are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west" (Washington Post). He also hints at how the current conflict may develop - where extremists make use of legislative loopholes to have safe havens in developed countries. The book ends with the author's experiences in Timor showing that the Accidental Guerilla syndrome is a tactic that has been used outside the Islamic world and which can be dealt with successfully, although the example falls a little flat as Timor appears far less virulent than the problems the world now faces in Afghanistan, Yemen and other places. If I were on active duty or deploying I would read it and reread it. In The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. He defines accidental guerrillas as… Kilcullen meanders from Iraq to Afghanistan to Timor to Thailand, stuttering and stopping to share insights on counterinsurgency best (and worst) practices. (Perhaps because I haven't followed this situation much in the news in recent years. Kilcullen is a military officer, but also an anthropologist. Drone strikes, raids and other violent assaults have helped break down the traditional social structures of these tribes and given rise to unprecedentedly nihilistic modern phenomena like suicide bombings and the deliberate killing of children by tribesman. The easy way to get free eBooks every day. This book has much merit by adding to the existing base of knowledge. David Kilcullen's is definitely worth reading if you are interested in getting one expert's perspective on how western societies should deal with terrorism for the next fifty to one hundred years. While Kilcullen's model is unique and well worth further investigation it is not possible to automatically apply it automatically to other insurgencies, since each insurgency is unique in the variables which compose it. I agree with some of his applications however not all of the ways that he uses this theory are in my opinion, accurate. I agree with some of his applications however. I appreciate the warning that the US has to obey the rules (financial, rules of engagement, treaties) it expects others to uphold, and that extends to the pardoning of war criminals, US corporation behavior in the developing world and exploitative use of contractors rather than local workers and companies. Pdf ebook: The Accidental Guerrilla Pdf download ebook The Accidental Guerrilla. One of the clearest examples comes from America’s first foreign war, the Mexican-American War of 1846-1846, and the invasion of California. The Accidental Guerrilla is indeed not an easy read, but is rich with the life experience and thoughtful analysis of one of the world's foremost counterinsurgency experts. Kilcullen thought the U.S. intervention in Iraq was an extremely serious strategic error, but tried, as assistant to General Petraeus in 2007, to devise a method to stabilize the population, reduce violence, and establish governance so that U.S. troops could effectively withdraw and leave Iraq to the Iraqis. Kilcullen takes us "on the ground" to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big global war (the "War on Terrorism") and its relation to the associated "small wars" across the globe: Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Pakistani tribal zones, East Timor and the horn of Africa. Only got to page 37. The beginning of the book is absolutely fantastic and reflects the changing perceptions of terrorism and the ways that terrorism is not the simple monolith that we think it is. Childhood memories and annual traditions. Yep, been there done that. Overall, I felt this book was quite informative regarding one of the greatest threats we face in the 21st Century. The Accidental Guerrilla has an anthropologist's sense of social dynamics and a reporter's eye for telling detail. And that's not all; the book has many more insights drawn from various battlefields." Excellent book describing what is happening in the world from a terrorism and counterinsurgency perspective. However, I have found no better analysis of the issues we face in Iraq and Afghanistan and no better or more succint recipe for success anywhere. Kilcullen takes us "on the ground" to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big global war … “My personal position on counterinsurgency in general, and on Iraq and Afghanistan in particular, could therefore be summarized as "Never again, but..." That is, we should avoid any future large-scale, unilateral military intervention in the Islamic world, for all the reasons already discussed. Quite an insightful book which draws on field experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq to articulate the theory of the 'accidental guerilla' , and also backs up his view that the current conflict in the world is inter-related and cannot rely on military solutions alone. His fixation of road-building and the ways to stabilize a nation are not seemingly accurate. (Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek) More from the same. This book is his attempt to explain his thinking on the worldwide Islamic insurgency and the best methods to try and counter it successfully. A fascinating conceit with a absolutely great thesis that unfortunately slowly goes off the rails. Time spent with an old friend. The book makes an interesting and major contribution to the literature in the field and comes highly recommended to anyone interested in the topic. ... Kilcullen's central concept of the 'accidental guerrilla' is brilliant and the policy prescriptions that flow from it important. It is a loose conglomeration of actors who have insinuated themselves into local societies by relationships, force and money, and offer something that the local elites were lacking. The Accidental Guerrilla User Review - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing. The Accidental Guerrilla has an anthropologist's sense of social dynamics and a reporter's eye for telling detail. This observation, however, is only normal given the rapidly changing strategic landscape and the evolution of events. Colored with gripping battlefield experiences that range from the jungles and highlands of Southeast Asia to the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to the dusty towns of the Middle East, The Accidental Guerrilla will, quite simply, change the way we think about war. The Accidental Guerrilla Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One David Kilcullen. Start by marking “The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One” as Want to Read: Error rating book. A fascinating conceit with a absolutely great thesis that unfortunately slowly goes off the rails. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. In the end, apparently, everyone wants to write a book about how the planet should be run. I am, seriously, considering buying copies for all the members of my state's Congressional delegation. A complex and multi layered work. The book is noteworthy for providing some actual theory regarding how these terrorist groups can be effective and, by implication, what needs to be done to combat them. Should be required reading for anyone involved in our two wars. There is much in this book that I like and admire but having spent a little time looking at some of the more critical reviews of this book I cannot give it five stars or praise it without mentioning criticisms. This is an Australian who combines a career as a military officer with that of an anthropologist. When the intervention occurs, it must happen in some local and thus ends up tying the local group to al-Qaida (or some other global group) through the violence of the retaliation. This book reads well along with books such as those by Thomas Ricks of the Wash Post -- "Fiasco" and "The Gamble". His academic reflection and analysis verifies his participation in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Indonesia. Oxford University Press, 2009, Hardback, 346 pages. 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