Category Archives: Counter Insurgency (COIN)

Ireland’s Wars: COIN In The Nine Years War

This will be the last thing I write on the Nine Years War, promise. The Nine Years War was an insurgency war for the most part. Save for the handful of bigger engagements and the sieges that took place (mostly … Continue reading

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The Stupidest Thing I’ve Read This Week (13/5/12)

Third place this week goes to Fox News, and the initial headline they put up in response to President Obama’s declaration regards gay marriage. They altered it pretty quickly. I’m not sure why they did, considering how the first headline … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: How Art MacMurragh Brought Down The English Monarchy

Richard II had left Ireland in a precarious state in 1395, and his diplomatic attempts at solving the problems there quickly unravelled. His deal with Art MacMurragh was not honoured, and so the King of Leinster could not be relied … Continue reading

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The RAND COIN Scoresheet And The Irish Civil War

The Civil War was a very different conflict to that fought between the IRA and the British. It was a successful COIN campaign, a very rare thing. What does the RAND scoresheet have to say about it? Good Factors 1. … Continue reading

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The RAND COIN Scorecard And The Irish War Of Independence

The RAND think tank, last year, came up with a “scorecard” method of reviewing counter-insurgency campaigns. The scorecard ranks a COIN campaign in terms of “good” and “bad” practices that take place by the actual COIN force and the insurgents … Continue reading

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The War Of Independence Paradox

“The Civil War Paradox” from the Small Wars Journal, courtesy of Yale PhD student Lionel Beehner. Interesting stuff on the definitions of “rebellion”, “insurgency”, “protest” “civil war” and “revolution”, the relationship between those terms, all centred around the continuing debate … Continue reading

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Ireland And Iraq: When COIN Works And When It Cant

The Irish Civil War is a conflict that is widely ignored in military circles, outside of the Irish Army, which has always seemed strange to me. The Irish Civil War is that rarest of things: an example of a successful … Continue reading

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