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Galula cites Mao Zedong ‘s observation davod “[R]evolutionary war is 80 percent political action and only 20 percent military”, and proposes four “laws” for counterinsurgency: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Drawn from the observations of a French officer, David Galula, who witnessed guerrilla warfare on three continents, the book remains relevant today as American policymakers, military analysts, and members of the public look to the counterinsurgency era of the s for lessons to apply to the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. Driss has also written two novels in Portuguese, the first is a love-story, the second is set in a fictitious country in West Africa where an insurgency breaks out under the pseudonym: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Gslula was home to 1 million Europeans the so-called Advid Noirs and 9 million Muslims. Kinetic attacks; killing people and destroying places will only alienate the people that you are trying to win over.

To succeed, the rebellion drew on religious drivers to mobilize the population and demoralize the tribal chiefs who stood by France. While he acknowledges the importance of conventional military tactics in counterinsurgency, he focuses primarily on ways to build an effective “political machine” capable of garnering the support of the people. Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics.


When this is the case, the essential problem for the ravid is that the “actual danger will always appear to the nation as out of proportion to the davkd made by an adequate response” p 4.

The development of these programs requires a coordination of efforts on the part of the counterinsurgency. While a revolution is a sudden and “accidental” mass movement and a plot or coup is an intentional effort to overthrow the top leadership in a swift action, an insurgency is intentional, but not swift.

Thanks to a sequence of fortunate accidents aroundthe world discovered the intellectual legacy of David Galula The great value of Galula’s book is the clear road map for opposing an insurgency. Contract with the Control of the Population. See all 61 reviews. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Account Options Sign in. Fluidity of the Insurgent Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent.

At the end ofthey were S. Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War.

Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The plan would have had a chance to succeed, provided two conditions were met: Developing an effective doctrine requires the knowledge of what the population really wants. He underperformed rank-wise partly because he did not fight in the First Indochina War On the one hand, there is a consensus on him being the founding father of counterinsurgency, a groundbreaking theory in modern military affairs.


Caveat; clear is not necessarily simple, and even if it is simple, to quote Clausewitz “Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult.

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He traveled the world and exerted the full scope of his talents in a diversified career ranging from diplomat, author and secret agent to infantry officer. With a new foreword by John A. As such, the first area should be viewed as a test area in which policy is adapted to the reaction of the population.

Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent. Theory and Practice is highly suggested reading for students of the U. Yet the grassroots results delivered by the SAS had no chance to fuel a nation-wide dynamic for the lack of available elites. Thus, according to the laws of counterinsurgency, it is important to continuously make efforts at gaining and maintaining the support of the populace in distinct areas by leveraging an active minority.

This requires political programs aimed at placating the insurgent’s base. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Galula resigned his commission in to study in the United Stateswhere he obtained a position of research associate at the Center for International Affairs of Harvard University.