ABSTRACT

This volume covers a timely debate in contemporary security studies: can armed forces adjust to the rising challenge of insurgency and terrorism, the greatest transformation in warfare since the birth of the international system?  Containing essays by leading international security scholars and military professionals, it explores the Fourth-Generation Warfare thesis and its implications for security planning in the twenty-first century.

No longer confined to the fringes of armed conflict, guerrilla warfare and terrorism increasingly dominate world-wide military planning.  For the first time since the Vietnam War ended, the problems of insurgency have leapt to the top of the international security agenda and virtually all countries are struggling to protect themselves against terrorist threats.  Coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq are bogged down by an insurgency, and are being forced to rely on old warfare tactics rather than modern technologies to destroy their adversaries.  These theorists argue that irregular warfare—insurgencies and terrorism—has evolved over time and become progressively more sophisticated and difficult to defeat as it is not centred on high technology and state of the art weaponry.

Global Insurgency and the Future of Armed Conflict will be of interest to students of international security, strategic studies and terrorism studies.

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Part I Introduction

chapter 1|8 pages

The Fourth Generation Warfare debate

ByAARON KARP, REGINA KARP, TERRY TERRIFF

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Part II The re-discovery of Fourth Generation Warfare

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Part III Evaluating Fourth Generation Warfare theory

chapter 5|2 pages

A brief note on “Fourth Generation Warfare”

ByEDWARD LUTTWAK

chapter 6|4 pages

It will continue to conquer and spread

ByMARTIN VAN CREVELD

chapter 7|9 pages

Deconstructing the theory of Fourth-Generation Warfare

ByANTULIO J . ECHEVARRIA I I

chapter 9|3 pages

Generations at war?

ByJOHN FERRIS

chapter 10|9 pages

War evolves into the fourth generation: A comment on Thomas X. Hammes

ByThomas X. Hammes LAWRENCE FREEDMAN

chapter 11|8 pages

Fourth Generation: A ‘new’ form of ‘warfare’?

ByROD THORNTON

chapter 12|6 pages

The mythology of fourth-generation warfare: a response to Hammes

ByDAVID S . SORENSON

chapter 13|4 pages

The will doesn’t triumph

ByWILLIAM S . LIND

chapter 14|8 pages

Response

ByTHOMAS X . HAMMES

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Part IV Fourth Generation wars

chapter 16|15 pages

Fourth Generation Warfare in Afghanistan

ByWARREN CHIN

chapter 17|18 pages

The end of Israeli omnipotence?

ByAVI KOBER

chapter 18|10 pages

Fourth Generation Warfare in Africa: Back to the future?

ByPAUL JACKSON

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Part V The implications of Fourth Generation Warfare

chapter 19|23 pages

Combating Fourth Generation Warfare

ByF . G . HOFFMAN

chapter 20|8 pages

Information operations in 4GW

ByTHOMAS X . HAMMES

chapter 22|17 pages

Venus calling: Can NATO cope with 4GW?

ByCOLONEL D R . FRANS OSINGA

chapter 24|13 pages

Fighting Fourth Generation wars: The Indian experience

ByRAJESH RAJAGOPALAN

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Part VI Conclusion

chapter 25|12 pages

Can we adapt to Fourth Generation Warfare?

ByTERRY TERRIFF, REGINA KARP, AARON KARP