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Author Katagiri, Noriyuki, author

Title Adapting to win : how insurgents fight and defeat foreign states in war / Noriyuki Katagiri
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (301 pages)
Contents How do insurgents fight and defeat foreign states in war? -- Origins and proliferation of sequencing -- How sequencing theory works -- The conventional model: the Dahomean war (1890-1894) -- The primitive model: Malayan emergency (1948-1960) -- The degenerative model: the Iraq war (2003-2011) -- The premature model: the Anglo-Somali war (1900-1920) -- The Maoist model: the Guinean War of Independence (1963-1974) -- The progressive model: the Indochina war (1946-1954)
Summary "When insurgent groups challenge powerful states, defeat is not always inevitable. Increasingly, guerrilla forces have overcome enormous disadvantages and succeeded in extending the period of violent conflict, raising the costs of war, and occasionally winning. Noriyuki Katagiri investigates the circumstances and tactics that allow some insurgencies to succeed in wars against foreign governments while others fail. Adapting to Win examines almost 150 instances of violent insurgencies pitted against state powers, including in-depth case studies of the war in Afghanistan and the 2003 Iraq war. By applying sequencing theory, Katagiri provides insights into guerrilla operations ranging from Somalia to Benin and Indochina, demonstrating how some insurgents learn and change in response to shifting circumstances. Ultimately, his research shows that successful insurgent groups have evolved into mature armed forces, and then demonstrates what evolutionary paths are likely to be successful or unsuccessful for those organizations."--Publisher's Web site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-292) and index
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Subject Asymmetric warfare -- Case studies.
Asymmetric warfare.
Guerrilla warfare -- Case studies.
Guerrilla warfare.
Insurgency -- Case studies.
Non-state actors (International relations)
Non-state actors (International relations) -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2014012344
ISBN 0812290135 (electronic bk)
9780812290134 (electronic bk)