This title explores how transnational politics, modern communications, and access to the tools of warfare have combined to give political movements the ability to wage global war to promote their own agendas, a development that has changed the face of both politics and warfare.
Transnational politics, modern communications, and access to the tools of warfare have combined to give political movements the ability to wage global war to promote their own agendas, a development that has changed the face of both politics and warfare. Fowler examines current aspects of conducting war, including mobilization, funding, training, fighting, and intelligence to demonstrate how they are accessible to anyone and are well-suited to waging insurgency efforts in many places around the world. Such efforts force governments to deal with unforeseen enemies who violently advance their agendas in a quest for increased power and authority.
Because global insurgents, such as al Qaeda, build more direct connections between politics and the use of force, confronting them requires solutions that emphasize politics as much as the use of force. National governments must unite to seek cooperative solutions to issues that affect them. The implications of the adoption of such strategies by groups with varied agendas will undoubtedly change foreign policy planning for decades to come.
Introduction Leadership and Mobilization Warfare Intelligence Support A Theory of Global Insurgency Al Qaeda, The Nazis, and the Boxer Rebellion End Notes Works Cited Works Consulted Index
Reviews "[H]as some interesting observations on how today's amateurs are able to perform comparable functions to professionals in preparing their military operations. Insurgent leaders can mobilize and train troops, develop strategies, collect intelligence, raise money, and procure weapons, tasks all made easier by globalization."—Foreign Affairs
Endorsements "After the attack on the U.S. on 9/11/01, Americans sought to understand why we had been attacked in this way, and who was this new enemy. We know a lot more now than we did then, but we still lack a comprehensive analysis of our foe. Dr. Michael Fowler has done us a great service in his new book by describing the new enemies we face, why they fight, and their methods. He offers valuable insights in very readable fashion and suggests ways to reform our military and our defenses to combat Global Insurgencies in the 21st Century. For students and observers of national security issues, ^IAmateur Soldiers, Global Wars^R ought to be high on their reading lists."—Arthur S. Hulnick^LAssociate Professor, Boston University