Eqbal ahmad on the dangers of nationalism hearts, minds. The defining forces were revolution and counterinsurgency. Some good books on this subject include anthony james joes resisting rebellion. An insurgency can be fought via counterinsurgency warfare, and may also be opposed by measures to protect the population and by political and economic actions of various kinds. The late,lamented eqbal ahmad was one of the more original thinkres of our time. Ahmad was a clear voice of conscious and sanity in an ever increasingly insane time. Before the 1970s, however, hijackings, assassinations, and other acts we now call terrorism were considered the work of rational strategic actors. By way of contrast, the british had developed a methodology for conducting counterinsurgency that had kept their hands clean.
The pentagon prefers the term counterinsurgency to counterrevolutionary because of the latters awkward implications. Eqbal ahmad is one of the rare persons who told the truth. The result is probably the best book to appear so far on the u. Insurgency and counterinsurgency in iraq by ahmed hashim the afghanistanpakistan theater. To do so, i take up the mobilization of gender in the us counterinsurgency doctrine as deployed in afghanistan. One, the state is the most sensitive and active region from the perspective of. I explore the construction of women as the secret for the successful prosecution of war in afghanistan. Unfortunately, there are very few videos of ahmad online. He had the misfortune to see his father murdered and then came partition and he came to pakistan, got himself enlisted.
A counterinsurgency or counterinsurgency coin is defined by the united states department of state as comprehensive civilian and military efforts taken to simultaneously defeat and contain insurgency and address its root causes an insurgency is a rebellion against a constituted authority when those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents. Twentyfive years after the publication of his postcolonial classic, the. It has earned worldwide recognition for its unique singletopic format, and for framing heated debates. We are publishing here an article he wrote in 1998, which forms the opening chapter of the book making enemies, creating conflict. Popular counter insurgency books showing 150 of 225 learning to eat soup with a knife. David petraeus appointment as cia director speaks to the increasing dominance in counterinsurgency in policy and raises a. But only in modern times has it become the acknowledged weapon of the weak, a symbol of our age registering. Approved for public release, distribution is unlimited.
Dilemmas of dual containment has written a muchneeded assessment of the iraqi insurgency. The selected writings of eqbal ahmad carollee bengelsdorf, margaret cerullo, yogesh chandrani, noam chomsky libri in altre lingue. His was a major presence in the progressive and secular movement in the subcontinent. Beena sarwar is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who produced a documentary on eqbal ahmad for geo tv november 2004.
Founded in 1947, the journal of international affairs is a leading foreign affairs periodical edited by the graduate students at the columbia university school of international and public affairs. After then his eventful life included joining the fln anticolonial struggle in. Eqbal was a teacher, a poetanalyst, a mentor to far more of us than he knew. Eqbal ahmad agreed that external sanctuary is more important psychologically and diplomatically than politically or militarily but the value of active sanctuary is not essential to guerrilla success although it should not be underestimated. He retired from active service to continue his agitation as a civilian, and among other things posted this list of best books and a video on amazon. John nagl was one of the most respected voices for reforming the us armys approach to counterinsurgency. He saw counterinsurgency from a wildly different perspective than. External support to insurgencies small wars journal. Eqbal ahmad recalls the mass migration and the day his family finally arrived in their new homeland, pakistan. The selected writings of eqbal ahmad ahmad, eqbal, bengelsdorf, carollee, cerullo, margaret, chandrani, yogesh, chomsky, noam on. An insurgency is a violent rebellion against authority for example, an authority recognized as such by the united nations when those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents lawful combatants. Activist, journalist, and theorist, eqbal ahmad 19341999 wa. Insurgency, counterinsurgency, and the marines in vietnam. The military and operations against boko haram, 201117 studies in insurgency, counterinsurgency and national security 1 by akali omeni isbn.
By eqbal ahmad eqbal ahmad 19321999 died a few months back. Insurgency and counterinsurgency in iraq is a candid, balanced insight into the complex challenges in iraq from 2003 to 2005. Russian soviet unconventional wars in the caucasus, central asia and afghanistan. The intelligence role in counterinsurgency, walter steinmeyer. Pakistans crises of state and society, edited by zia mian and iftikhar ahmad. In the past thirty years of extreme armed and unarmed violence, the storms of bloodshed, one after another, have wreaked the havoc on the families in kashmir who. Eqbal ahmad is a fellow at the adlai stevenson institute in chicago and an edi. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Eqbal ahmad, counterinsurgency, in bengelsdorf et al, pp. In may the united states established a base designed specifically for counterinsurgency training. By revolting against the repressive regimes of the british monarchies, insurgent action led to harsh repercussions against the colonists, leading to the declaration of independence and the revolutionary war. Since 911 we have been told that terrorists are pathological evildoers, beyond our comprehension. Eqbal ahmad, who passed away in 1999, was hailed by his close friend edward said as perhaps the shrewdest and most original antiimperialist analyst of the postwar world, particularly of the dynamics between the west and postcolonial asia and africa. The united holy land fund honors professor eqbal ahmad for his outstanding support to the united holy land fund and for his committment to the palesti.
He got his experiences from algerias fight for freedom in the fifties and sixties of the 20th century. He had the misfortune to see his father murdered and then came partition and he. Despite some ups and downs, this methodology had in the end even prevailed in northern ireland. This volume in the praeger security international psi series classics of the counterinsurgency era defines the laws of insurgency and outlines the strategy and.
Ahmed hashim attempts to answer that question in his excellent insurgency and counterinsurgency in iraq. Whether youve loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. One of the most widely read books on the iraq war and the subsequent insurgency. A new collection of essays by eqbal ahmad has recently been published by columbia univeristy press. Nagl shelved 7 times as counterinsurgency avg rating 3. Apart from books, colorful posters portrayed in graphic detail. Films media group eqbal ahmad and the partitioning of india. Insurgency and counterinsurgency in iraq, by ahmed s. Learn counter insurgency with free interactive flashcards. Journal of strategic studies volume 28, 2005 issue 4. Discussing motives, tactics, and the evolutionary nature of the insurgency, author ahmed hashim is adroit at drawing intricate strands into an understandable whole. Read counter insurgency books like otto skorzeny and eye of the storm for free with a free 30day trial. Western scholars helped justify the war in iraq, says edward said, with their orientalist ideas about the arab mind. Share tweet 4 december 20 i recently began reading eqbal ahmads books.
This collection includes primary sources, a film, academic books. The war in vietnam has been debated and discussed in scores of books and articles from the 1960s until today. Insurgency counterinsurgency warfare books, please feel free to browse. The american military adventure in iraq, 2003 to 2005.
He was strongly critical of the middle east strategy of the united states as well as what he saw as the twin curse of nationalism and religious fanaticism in such countries as pakistan. Counterinsurgency lessons from malaya and vietnam paperback by. Phyllis bennis, insitute for policy studies for those who have missed eqbal ahmad in the year since he died, this book comes like rain during a drought. Eqbal ahmad was a pakistani political scientist, writer, journalist, and antiwar activist. Learn from counter insurgency experts like stuart smith and peter ratcliffe. Stuart schaars book highlights the many ways that ahmads ideas and. Becketts modern insurgencies and counterinsurgencies. The other side of the mountain mujahideen tactics in the soviet afghan war. Eqbal ahmad explains the appeal of religion to forge identity in. Eqbal ahmad was born in a landowning family in district jahanabad of bihar.
What are some examples of successful counterinsurgencies. Eqbal ahmad confronting empire third world traveler. Experience during the past decade in cuba, the dominican republic, indochina, the congo, and other such hot spots has been variegated enough to provide some ground for generalizing about the role an intelligence agency should play in the u. Insurgency and counterinsurgency in iraq hurst publishers. Eqbal ahmad revolutionary war and counterinsurgency i. Insurgency and counterinsurgency in iraq by roe, andrew. The nature of revolutionary warfare occupied nations and oppressed peoples have resorted to guerrilla war fare throughout recorded history. Insurgency and counterinsurgency in iraq ahmed hashim. The intelligence role in counterinsurgency central. For much of the book, ricks applies coin theory to chronicle the initial mistakes made by the bush administration, even referencing galula. The journal is published biannually and has readership in over eighty countries. Eqbal ahmad papers, 19561999 five college archives.
Guerrillas and their opponents since 1750, and the routledge handbook of insurgency and counterinsurgency. Here, the best analysis of counterinsurgency comes from eqbal ahmad. Two of the key elements of this supposed methodology were minimum force and hearts and minds. Questions about the morality of the united states presence there, whether it could have ever succeeded, and if the strategy was right will. Discover the best counter insurgency books and audiobooks. These all provide a number of examples of coin operations that were successful. The counterinsurgency myth by andrew mumford, 97818840911, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Beena sarwar was one of the speakers at the book s launch in cambridge, massachusetts. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books youve read. In this book you find the lessons the liberators in the world learned in their fight for freedom from the west. Insurgency counterinsurgency warfare books military press. Activist, journalist, and theorist, eqbal ahmad 19341999 was admired and. Conflict and its application for the future 68 to revolution and the current world structure.1422 346 84 1441 1076 1163 1269 266 109 58 406 526 902 82 42 668 1539 609 252 1628 1063 147 1164 909 464 1390 88 1330 543 847 185