2. Insurgency



  • action taken by a government to defeat insurgency
  • types of action include military, paramilitary, political, economic, psychological and civic action
  • coin and insurgency are two sides of the same coin
  • distinctly different operations
  • political power is the central issue of COIN and insurgency
  • both sides attempt to convince the people to accept their authority as legitimate

COIN long term success depends on…

  • the people taking charge of their own affairs
  • people consenting to a government's rule.
  • elimination of causes of the insurgency
  • removing ideologues who will never reconcile with the government
  • enabling a country to accept the rule of law
  • enabling a country to provide social services
  • enabling a country to increase economic activity
  • requires the application of state power in many fields
  • these fields include military, political, economic, social, informational and infastructure
  • the complexity of the mission should be taken very seriously
  • not strictly a military option
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