Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
Library,Documentation and Information Science Division

“A research journal serves that narrow

borderland which separates the known from the unknown”

-P.C.Mahalanobis


Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Victory has a thousand fathers [electronic resource] : sources of success in counterinsurgency / Christopher Paul, Colin P. Clarke, Beth Grill.

By: Paul, Christopher, 1971-.
Contributor(s): Clarke, Colin P | Grill, Beth | Rand Corporation | National Defense Research Institute (U.S.).
Material type: TextTextSeries: Rand Corporation monograph series: MG-964-OSD.Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2010Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 153 p. : ill., col. map (digital, PDF file)).ISBN: 9780833049612; 0833049615; 9780833050786; 0833050788.Report number: MG-964-OSDSubject(s): Counterinsurgency -- Case studies | Insurgency -- Case studies | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Military ScienceGenre/Form: Electronic books (www) | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Victory has a thousand fathers.DDC classification: 355.02/18 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- The cases -- Testing the approaches to counterinsurgency -- Broader findings -- Conclusions and recommendations.
Summary: Insurgency has been the most prevalent form of armed conflict since at least 1949, as well as the subject of countless historical and contemporary studies. Contemporary discourse on the subject is voluminous and often contentious, but to date there has been a dearth of systematic evidence supporting the counterinsurgency (COIN) approaches, practices, and tenets that make for successful operations. Relying on a collection of the 30 most recent resolved insurgencies, along with a bank of factors that helped or hindered the COIN force in each case and in each phase of each case, several commonalities emerge. For instance, the data show that good COIN practices tend to "run in packs" and that the balance of selected good and bad practices perfectly predicts the outcome of a conflict. The importance of popular support is confirmed, but the ability to interdict tangible support (such as new personnel, materiel, and financing) is the single best predictor of COIN force success. Twenty distinct approaches to COIN are rigorously tested against the historical record, providing valuable lessons for U.S. engagement in and support for COIN operations.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
No physical items for this record

Title from PDF title page (viewed July 21, 2010).

"Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."

Insurgency has been the most prevalent form of armed conflict since at least 1949, as well as the subject of countless historical and contemporary studies. Contemporary discourse on the subject is voluminous and often contentious, but to date there has been a dearth of systematic evidence supporting the counterinsurgency (COIN) approaches, practices, and tenets that make for successful operations. Relying on a collection of the 30 most recent resolved insurgencies, along with a bank of factors that helped or hindered the COIN force in each case and in each phase of each case, several commonalities emerge. For instance, the data show that good COIN practices tend to "run in packs" and that the balance of selected good and bad practices perfectly predicts the outcome of a conflict. The importance of popular support is confirmed, but the ability to interdict tangible support (such as new personnel, materiel, and financing) is the single best predictor of COIN force success. Twenty distinct approaches to COIN are rigorously tested against the historical record, providing valuable lessons for U.S. engagement in and support for COIN operations.

Includes bibliographical references.

Introduction -- The cases -- Testing the approaches to counterinsurgency -- Broader findings -- Conclusions and recommendations.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.

Other editions of this work

Victory has a thousand fathers by Paul, Christopher, ©2010
Victory has a thousand fathers by Paul, Christopher, ©2010
Victory has a thousand fathers by Paul, Christopher, ©2010
Library, Documentation and Information Science Division, Indian Statistical Institute, 203 B T Road, Kolkata 700108, INDIA
Phone no. 91-33-2575 2100, Fax no. 91-33-2578 1412, ksatpathy@isical.ac.in


Visitor Counter