Political Changes

Can insurgents sacrifice the element of time to achieve political change, and if so, under what conditions? Discuss by using theory and historical examples.

Azeem Ibrahim, ‘Conceptualisation of Guerrilla Warfare’, Small Wars and Insurgencies, 15/3 (2004).

Jonathan Gilmore, ‘Counterinsurgency, human security and the War on Terror’, Security Dialogue, Vol 42, No 1, (February, 2011), pp 21-38.

      Tim Benbow and Rod Thornton, (eds), ‘Confronting Insurgency: Historical Experience and Policy Responses’, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol 28, No 1, (2007). Special issue on Counterinsurgency.


Additional readings:


Jan Angstrom, Understanding Victory and Defeat in Contemporary War (Routledge, 2008).



Mark T. Berger and Douglas A. Borer (eds), The long war: insurgency, counterinsurgency and collapsing states (Routledge, 2008)


Robert Cassidy, Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror (Stanford University Press, 2008)


Alastair Finlan, Special Forces, Strategy and the War on Terror (Routledge, 2007) James J.F. Forest (ed). Countering terrorism and insurgency in the 21st century:


international perspectives (Praeger, 2007)


David Galula, Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice (Praeger 2006)


Austin Long, On “other war”: lessons from five decades of RAND counterinsurgency research (Rand, 2006)


Robert Mandel, The meaning of military victory (Lynne Rienner, 2006)

Simon Murden, The Problem of Force: Grappling with the Global Battlefield (Lynne


Rienner, 2009)



Thomas Rid and Thomas Keaney, Understanding Counterinsurgency (Routledge 2010)

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