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Ireland’s Wars: COIN In The Nine Years War

As with so much of Ireland’s military history, 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 by the English side), the war … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: COIN In The Nine Years War

As with so much of Ireland’s military history, 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 by the English side), the war … 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 US, Pakistan And Leverage

I see this kind of bizarre sentiment expressed by a lot of people over the last while, that the United States has somehow gained a measure of “leverage” over Pakistan as a result of the circumstances surrounding the death of … Continue reading

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The Royal Visit: How I Ended Up In A COIN Campaign

It was while I was in the middle of a three and a half hour journey home from work, because of Dublin Bus, Luas and Irish Rail alterations due to the Queen’s visit, that I began to get a little … Continue reading

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Counter-Insurgency In Cosmo And Transformers

This is awesome and everyone should read it. A bunch of military figures envision what a Counter-Insurgency themed issue of Cosmopolitan magazine would look like. And from there, I found this hidden gem from Wings Over Iraq, something I had unforgivably … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: If You Can’t Beat Them, Integrate Them

The US/Karzai coalition is now going full steam ahead with the Taliban reconciliation plans, with over $100 Million being pumped into the project. It is a vital step. It is becoming clear that the Taliban cannot be comprehensively defeated. So, lets … Continue reading

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