If you have regular customers who are military types, then The Accidental Guerilla is unlikely to be a hard sell. This was a memorable book, as well as the first that I read on my iphone based Kindle reader. This book has much merit by adding to the existing base of knowledge. Childhood memories and annual traditions. 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. 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. Kilcullen takes us "on the ground" to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big global war … Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. David Kilcullen. To see what your friends thought of this book. Be the first to ask a question about The Accidental Guerrilla. The US Army advisor does not limit himself to an assessment of counterinsurgency tactics, however. 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). He then moves on to Europe to explore how best to understand (and engage) disconnected Muslim communities. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. 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. The Accidental Guerrilla By David Kilcullen Oxford, 346 pages, $27.95 Almost everyone, even if otherwise ignorant of military affairs, has heard of Karl von Clausewitz and Sun Tzu. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Only got to page 37. Overall, I felt this book was quite informative regarding one of the greatest threats we face in the 21st Century. As an employee of the State Department, Dr. Kilcullen's position and strategic outlook and overall perspective becomes very clear through his writing. It's rare to read a book that you kind of agree with all the way through, but I did with this. The Accidental Guerrilla By George Packe r May 12, 2009 General David McKiernan, who was sacked yesterday halfway through his tour as commander of NATO … This book reads well along with books such as those by Thomas Ricks of the Wash Post -- "Fiasco" and "The Gamble". Kilcullen, The Accidental Guerrilla. The problem is in the details--sure, the local elites are probably willing partners to reject extremists and get their power back, but they and their corruption were part of the problem in the first place (see also: hey, it's a great plan to put the mafia dons back in charge of Sicily, since they aren't fascists!) A concise and well written explanation of global terrorism, and U.S. involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan in historical context. 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. And that's not all; the book has many more insights drawn from various battlefields." 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. 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. While this seems like a pretty obvious conclusion to me, its refreshing to hear from a military official, albeit an Australian one. If T.E. 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. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. That someone may wind up shooting at you. I have read a few of this genre and this is the best of breed in my opinion. Oxford University Press, 2009, Hardback, 346 pages. He defines accidental guerrillas as… 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. Published A much-needed diversion. 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. The easy way to get free eBooks every day. 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. White, Medieval Technology and Social Change, Sagan & Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons, https://saass.fandom.com/wiki/Kilcullen,_The_Accidental_Guerrilla?oldid=4140. 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. In The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror. This book is a detailed study of the accidental guerrilla syndrome and why it matters. So, on one level, Kilcullen is absolutely right--21st century extremism is NOT a malevolent, monolithic array of "others" out to get the US. by Oxford University Press, Inc. I agree with some of his applications however. I agree with some of his applications however not all of the ways that he uses this theory are in my opinion, accurate. 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). 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. 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). I did, however, find the section on Timor somewhat difficult to follow. 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. This book has much merit by adding to the existing base of knowledge. Discover the latest and greatest in eBooks and Audiobooks. I just bought his next book "Counterinsurgency" and can't wait to read it. (Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek) More from the same. It summarized to a fine point...if you are in someone else's country...you are going to piss him/her off. This is the book I've been waiting 8 years to read. A must read instant classic for anyone seriously interested in present day conflict. He served in East Timor, and wrote a dissertation on guerrilla warfare in traditional societies. 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. (Perhaps because I haven't followed this situation much in the news in recent years. I am, seriously, considering buying copies for all the members of my state's Congressional delegation. Notwithstanding this minor point, the Accidental Guerrilla, makes interesting reading and David Killcullen places the reader in the heart of the action. 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". When he re-designs western policy, he's weak. Once again, depending on your background, you may get lost in the depths at some points. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen. Is Al Queda bankrupting our government? 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. His academic reflection and analysis verifies his participation in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Indonesia. Should be required reading for anyone involved in our two wars. Superb and engaging with a fall out which presses you to read more on the subject. Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror. The idea of comparing terrorism with a plague (infection, contagio. 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. This Study Guide consists of approximately 21 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Guerrilla Warfare. His proposed solutions make sense and are food for thought. Yep, been there done that. The descriptive knowledge on the ground,was what I found perhaps the best part of the writing. This is a well founded piece of scholarly research. Well written and impeccably sourced. Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced America’s decision to … The Accidental Guerilla and Counterinsurgency, David Kilcullen is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and chair of Caerus Associates. 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. Hence you have accidently created a guerrilla. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. A complex and multi layered work. 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. There are a few parts which, quite frankly,did not seem logical to me, at first in the face of the current threat. Kilcullen is a military officer, but also an anthropologist. David, much to his credit, seemed to be seeking the common core or the unifying thread within the composition of insurgencies as an phenomenon. His proposed solutions make sense and are food for thought. “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.”. Popular Free eBooks! This book is his attempt to explain his thinking on the worldwide Islamic insurgency and the best methods to try and counter it successfully. Author: David KilcullenReviewer: Toby Lauterbach, Online Book Reviews While portions of it may aptly apply to OIF and OEF (operations Iraqi/Enduring-Afghanistan Freedom), the application of said theory to a broader spectrum is less feasible. The idea of comparing terrorism with a plague (infection, contagions, etc) is interesting but some critics might consider it a leap and that it seems rather simplistic in regards to such a complex phenomenon. The Accidental Guerrilla Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One Oxford University Press . 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. 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. I found that to be accurate; my interest in the content didn't survive the demands on my time and aattention, alas. Kilcullen presents quite an academic approach to Hybrid Warfare in this wonderfully rich account of conflict in the modern age. The central thesis is that the United States is fighting many people around the world who are simply at war with them because they have intruded on their territory, thus making them "accidental guerillas." Kilcullen meanders from Iraq to Afghanistan to Timor to Thailand, stuttering and stopping to share insights on counterinsurgency best (and worst) practices. 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. 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. Welcome back. 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. Analysis and Review The Accidental Guerrilla is Kilcullen's account of wars along with his personal experience. The Accidental Guerrilla has an anthropologist's sense of social dynamics and a reporter's eye for telling detail. 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. If there is an expert to tell this story, it is Col. Kilcullen. 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. If so, skip ahead to the conclusion of that section and move on -- you can always come back to it. In this regard, Accidental Guerrilla resembles dozens of other Washington books, blending memoir with policy analysis, generously laced with spin. 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. The point is that they come to insinuate themselves into a local movement, through a combination of marriage, favors, and threats and then try to provoke foreign intervention through terrorist acts. As an added bonus I found this to be as politically neutral as a book on this topic can be. Time spent with an old friend. I found this a good read- recommended. Overall, I felt this book was quite informative regarding one of the greatest threats we face in the 21st Century. 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. Despite some limitations, David Kilcullen’s The Accidental Guerrilla is a valuable addition to counterinsurgency (COIN) literature. The Accidental Guerrilla Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One David Kilcullen. We’d love your help. 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. He also hints at how the current conflict may develop - where extremists make use of legislative loopholes to have safe havens in developed countries. David, much to his credit, seemed to be seeking the common core or the unifying thread within the composition of insurgencies as an phenomenon. I found this a good rea. 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 groups. His fixation of road-building and the ways to stabilize a nation are not seemingly accurate. 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. 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. The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen. These “accidental guerrillas” fight in small wars and face not only their own governments’ response, but Western response as well. Kilcullen offers a non-technical introduction to COIN as well as a thoughtful tour of some of the world's insurgencies. 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. 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. 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.) The central thesis is that the United States is fighting many people around the world who are simply at war with them because they have intruded on their territory, thus making them "accidental guerillas." 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". I do intend on re-reading this section of the book.) The Accidental Guerrilla, David Kilcullen; Seven years ago, David Kilcullen was an obscure officer in the Australian Army. Reads like a dissertation at times. I do intend on re-reading this section of the book.) Publisher's Summary. If I were on active duty or deploying I would read it and reread it. He then moves on to Europe to explore how best to understand (and engage) disconnected Muslim communities. These “accidental guerrillas” are the kind of individuals Kilcullen met in Java, like Mrs. N’s husband, the local imam. His recommendations and conclusions should be examined by policy makers on all levels. This piece of writing guides the reader in understanding of these wars beyond a naive view of perceiving all as terrorists. Still, his main point, about how precarious the balance of loyalty can be--do the locals shoot at us or join us in "protecting" them--is fascinating and revelatory. Oxford University Press, 2009, 384 pp. In the end, apparently, everyone wants to write a book about how the planet should be run. 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. Good to know they finally started listening to the author. SAASS Comps Prep Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. 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. 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. Access a free summary of Blood Year, by David Kilcullen and 20,000 other business, leadership and nonfiction books on getAbstract. Today, he is the military equivalent of a rock star, with a degree of influence in the US military rarely enjoyed by foreigners. Kilcullen is also a Petraeus/Mansoor acolyte, which has its own baggage. Kilcullen has his detractors -- mostly those with no actual experience or cogent arguments -- this book ranks as one of the most important at this juncture in our several wars. Much of what Kilcullen writes is very sensible and persuasive, when he's explaining the nitty gritty of insurgencies. We asked the... 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" (. Although LtCol/Dr. Sure, you can eradicate poppies, but what can farmers with no credit grow in drylands or what occuption will soak up that many disgruntled Somali men unless you can restore fishing habitats and access? 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. After readingThe Accidental Guerrilla, one is left to wonder why the Pentagon did not listen to his sage advice back in 2003." One of the clearest examples comes from America’s first foreign war, the Mexican-American War of 1846-1846, and the invasion of California. A comforting balm. Indeed, they may already be familiar with David Kilcullen's reputation as a … 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. A fascinating conceit with a absolutely great thesis that unfortunately slowly goes off the rails. The problem is in the details--sure, the local el. Dave nails it! This offers a lot of opportunity to drive wedges, to offer a better set up and to get the extremists rejected from their hosts. Bare with Kilcullen through his many stories -- sometimes entertaining, other times academic -- and you will find that The Accidental Guerrilla presents not only counterinsurgency best practices, grand military strategy, and the underpinnings of a new military doctrine, but also a 21st foreign policy agenda. “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. Start by marking “The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Took me a while to pick this book up as I didn't like the title. 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. 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