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"COIN-ing a New Term: Expeditionary Counter-Insurgency"

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, right, meets the U.S. military's top officer Adm. Mike Mullen in Kabul, June 26, 2010. Mullen assured Karzai that the new NATO commander will pursue the same war strategy crafted by Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
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"COIN-ing a New Term: Expeditionary Counter-Insurgency"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

June 26, 2010

Author: Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security


My friend Prof. Harvey Rishikof of the National War College came up with a new term used by some of the students, "expeditionary counter-insurgency," during off-line discussions at an International Law Conference at Newport, RI this week...the idea being that conducting counter-insurgency far away from the homeland is an extremely difficult thing to do unless you have a consistent and reliable ally.

How indeed, I would ask, and apart from the question of a "reliable ally," can (or should) the U.S. carry out a campaign to win "hearts and minds" in an alien country thousands of miles away on the other side of the world?...

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Cogan, Charles G. "COIN-ing a New Term: Expeditionary Counter-Insurgency." The Huffington Post, June 26, 2010.

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