The Art of Counterinsurgency: Phase Analysis with Primary Reference to Malaya (1948-60), and Secondary Reference to Kenya (1952-60)

Hack, Karl (2017). The Art of Counterinsurgency: Phase Analysis with Primary Reference to Malaya (1948-60), and Secondary Reference to Kenya (1952-60). In: Thomas, Martin and Curless, Gareth eds. Decolonization and Conflict: Colonial Comparisons and Legacies. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 177–196.

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Abstract

Analysis of counterinsurgency too often proposes blanket models for all, or most of, entire campaigns. Yet in reality the nature of the conflict often changes vastly across time. This chapter shows how Malayan and Kenyan campaigns can both be subjected to similar types of breakdown into different phases, with each characterised by very different dynamics in insurgent action and in counterinsurgent policies. The implication being that we may need much more phase-based COIN analysis, and indeed that such analysis is a necessary precursor to any attempt to draw 'lessons' (however tentative and heuristic) for the future.

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