Amateur Soldiers, Global Wars: Insurgency and Modern Conflict

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - Political Science - 183 pages
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Transnational politics, modern communications, and access to the tools of warfare have combined to give political movements the ability to wage global war to promote their own agendas, a development that has changed the face of both politics and warfare. Fowler examines current aspects of conducting war, including mobilization, funding, training, fighting, and intelligence to demonstrate how they are accessible to anyone and are well-suited to waging insurgency efforts in many places around the world. Such efforts force governments to deal with unforeseen enemies who violently advance their agendas in a quest for increased power and authority.

Because global insurgents, such as al Qaeda, build more direct connections between politics and the use of force, confronting them requires solutions that emphasize politics as much as the use of force. National governments must unite to seek cooperative solutions to issues that affect them. The implications of the adoption of such strategies by groups with varied agendas will undoubtedly change foreign policy planning for decades to come.

 

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Contents

The Case for Global Insurgency
1
What is Happening?
4
Why insurgency?
8
Three Factors for Success
14
The Importance of Context
18
The Path Ahead
23
Leadership and Mobilization
27
Issues and Their Characteristics
35
Dissemination
88
Sabotage
89
Organized Crime
91
Funding Procurement and Training
93
Funding
96
Procurement
103
Training
108
Conclusion
113

Organization
38
Leadership
41
Activation
43
Conclusion
46
Global Insurgency Warfare
49
Dispersal and Eclecticism
50
Defining the Adversary
55
Operations
57
New Battlefields
62
Warfare Redefined
66
Intelligence
69
Direction and Planning
75
Collection
76
Analysis and Production
87
A Theory of Global Insurgency
115
Frequently Asked Questions
119
Implications
137
Al Queda and HMS Dreadnought
141
Al Qaeda Tested
145
Unplanned Political Agendas
148
A New Path for warfare
151
What Can We Do?
155
Notes
161
Works Cited
171
Works Consulted
177
Index
179
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About the author (2005)

Michael C. Fowler is a defense analyst and freelance consultant, concentrating on topics such as insurgency, the evolution of war, and homeland security. He teaches at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

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