The COINdinistas

Ricks, Thomas E.
December 2009
Foreign Policy;2009 Special Issue, Issue 176, p63
The article discusses the U.S. military's use of a counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy in the Afghan War. According to the author several key military leaders and academics have helped promote the strategy including U.S. General David Petraeus, chief of Central Command, David Kilcullen, author of "The Accidental Guerrilla" which focused extensively on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism theory, Stephen Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations and Colonel Gian Gentile, a West Point professor who offers counter-arguments to the supporters of COIN strategy.


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