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Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare

David Ucko and Robert Egnell


This book provides a detailed account of the British army's involvement in the Basra and Helmand campaigns. It looks at the contributions and limitations of traditional tactics in such settings, and exposes a disconcerting gap between ambitions and resources, intent and commitment. The book recounts how the British military, long considered the masters of counterinsurgency, has encountered significant problems in Iraq and Afghanistan when confronted with insurgent violence. It shows how, in its effort to apply the principles and doctrines of past campaigns, the British army has failed to preve ... More

Keywords: Basra, Helmand, counterinsurgency, British military, under-governed spaces, future wars, Iraq, Afghanistan, insurgent violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164276
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ucko, author
Georgetown University

Robert Egnell, author