The Future of Counterinsurgency
Contemporary Debates in Internal Security Strategy
by Lawrence E. Cline and Paul Shemella, Editors
August 2015, 333pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

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In the wake of Iraq and Afghanistan, many question the basic premises of counterinsurgency.

This thought-provoking work analyzes the major debates surrounding counterinsurgency campaigns and uncovers the internal security problems derailing effective strategies for restoring stability.

As countries across the globe continue to adjust their security operations to counter an increasingly volatile political landscape, the issue of how to identify and derail a host of violent groups remains of considerable interest. This comprehensive volume offers an examination of the effectiveness of contemporary counterinsurgency efforts, revealing which approaches offer the greatest chances of success internally, regionally, and internationally.

Featuring perspectives from experts and analysts in the field of irregular warfare and international security, this is an unparalleled exploration of all types of insurgency from warlordism, to piracy, to guerilla movements. The book looks beyond the popular focus on Iraq and Afghanistan, delving into the internal security operations of regions not normally studied. Chapters cover goal setting and measurements for restoring security, information operations and strategic communications between insurgent groups and governments, and the different approaches of governments in combating political unrest. Case studies include movements in Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and South Africa.


  • Examines the key factors that determine the use of "hard" versus "soft" operations
  • Features assessments on how to measure counterinsurgency and internal security effectiveness
  • Describes the major controversies surrounding counterinsurgency strategies and associated operations
  • Analyzes the elements impacting successful internal security operations
Lawrence E. Cline, PhD, is adjunct instructor for the Counterterrorism Fellowship Program at the Center for Civil-Military Relations and adjunct professor of international relations at Troy University. Cline is a retired military intelligence officer with operational service in Lebanon, El Salvador, Kuwait, Somalia, and Iraq. His published works include Praeger's The Lord's Resistance Army as well as Pseudo Operations and Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Other Countries.

Paul Shemella is a program manager for the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) at the Center for Civil-Military Relations, Monterey, CA. He retired as a captain from the Navy in 1996 after a career in Special Operations during which he planned and executed counterterrorism and counternarcotics operations in Latin America, Europe, and other regions. His published work includes Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism. Shemella earned a master's degree in national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a senior fellow in national security.

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