David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose. The Accidental Guerrilla. Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. David Kilcullen. ‘For a wider perspective on the lessons drawn over the past seven years. By David Kilcullen. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ), pp., index. Reviewed by Matthew P. David Kilcullen’s Accidental Guerrilla is at.

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This indeed was their strategy. European nations could be swamped by millions of Muslims so they hold these rights back, creating a dangerous population. In other words our children’s children will kilcullen fighting this war. What does that mean? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Contact the Employment Verification Office.

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Explained this way, many seemingly anomalous events start to make sense. This book is a must read guerrillla everyone concerned about the war on terror. We do not routinely answer questions about employment beyond the information on this Web site, and we do not routinely answer inquiries about the status of job applications.

I found it sat halfway between candid and academia in flavour. I just bought his next book “Counterinsurgency” and can’t wait to read it.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In important ways, it is still theoretical, and needs to be discussed and tested over and over because each conflict and set of objective circumstances is so different. Indeed, the US had done a poor job of applying different tactics to these very different situations, continually misidentifying insurgents with limited aims and legitimate grievances–whom he calls “accidental guerrillas”–as part of a coordinated worldwide terror network.


The bombing of a Holy Shia mosque created massive bloodletting between Sunni and Shia. The idea of comparing terrorism with a plague infection, contagio This book has much merit by adding to the existing base of knowledge.

Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced America’s decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement “the Surge,” now recognized as a dramatic success. Jun 11, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. Kilcullen describes the practitioner’s art of combating insurgents. David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose kilcyllen “are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west” Washington Post.

Want to Read saving…. David Kilcullen is renowned for his expertise on counterinsurgency and has strong media contacts and experience.

Account Options Sign in. A good book overall. His comparison of Islamist or takfiri as Kilcullen prefers terrorism and the Christian Timorese insurgency is fascinating and his knowledge and experience of South East Asia adds a lot of depth. He and I would agree that globalization and U. To postulate that hybrid war is either new or different from any other form of war is illustrative of a concept inability to consider and learn from history. Counter-insurgency and protracted guerrilla warfare, not shock and awe, are the order of the day.


I instinctively like what Kilcullen is saying and have an affinity for his natural respect for cultures living out their lives in remote areas of the world. In addition to being ineffective, the massive collateral destruction of such an approach outrages people around the world and helps create more and more “accidental guerillas” who want to kill Westerners.

However, the war that the United States actually faces today requires different tools, including soft power ones, that can’t be manufactured in factories and correspondingly are in short supply.

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

I did not find it dry at all. Kilcullen skillfully interprets the daid of counterinsurgency, the proper use of military force and what we must learn from our losses and mistakes.

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: Oxford University Press is a department dacid the University of Oxford.

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