Academic journal article Military Review

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

Academic journal article Military Review

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

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THE ACCIDENTAL GUERRILLA: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One,

David Kilcullen, Oxford University Press, New York, 2009, 384 pages, $27.95.

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Rarely does a book strike such a resonating chord on the emerging character of contemporary conflict. Of all the books written since the advent of the War on Terrorism, few have successfully captured the essence of the evolving threats we face in the 21st century, and none have done so within the context of a global insurgency. That is, until now: David Kilcullen's The Accidental Guerrilla accomplishes both and serves as the landmark study of the future of conflict in our time. Drawing on his own vast personal experience and an uncanny ability as a researcher and intellectual, Kilcullen provides a peerless study that redefines our theory of war at a critical time.

With a unique recipe of personal anecdotes and academic rigor, Kilcullen explores emergent conflict through a focused lens of experience and education. The Accidental Guerrilla dives deep into current conflicts to paint a vivid portrait of conflicts to come. And in doing so, Kilcullen details our successes and failures, while offering answers to the many questions we have yet to ask ourselves. His analysis of the evolving character of conflict develops a new paradigm--one that effectively captures the fundamental nature of hybrid threats within an era of complex insurgencies. From personal study of tribal culture to professional observations of ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Kilcullen demonstrates understanding of the roots of conflict and how our own actions are adding momentum to a global insurgency already on the verge of altering the balance of the international system. …

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