FORUM - Three Lessons from the Modern Era of Small Wars

Haroro Ingram

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    This article examines the key lessons to be learned from the smalls wars that have occurred around the world since 1945. Overall, the author contends that there are three lessons: 1) that counterinsurgency thinking and practice generally lags behind that of its insurgent foe; 2) insurgencies succeed or fail based on their ability to create meaning for themselves amongst the public while also establishing control over a population; and 3) that the assumptions of the ‘hearts and minds’ approach to counterinsurgency should be re-examined in light of insurgent successes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationZurich, Switzerland.
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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