Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Evidence of Effective Approaches to Counterinsurgency, 1978–2008

CounterinsurgencyWhen a country becomes host to an insurgency, a prospect many African states face, what counterinsurgency approaches offer the best chance of prevailing? There are roughly 20 approaches that are commonly employed, including amnesties, strategic communication, or rigorous suppressive operations. An analysis of 30 insurgencies finds that successful strategies tend to employ multiple approaches and favor those that enhance the legitimacy of the government and security forces. Reliance on repressive measures more often led to failure.

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Security Topics: Irregular and Asymmetric Warfare