"The Perils of Counterinsurgency: Russia's War in Chechnya"
Journal Article, International Security, volume 29, issue 3, pages 5-63
Author: Mark Kramer
Mark Kramer of Harvard University provides a military overview of the latest Russian-Chechen war, which began in 1999. He examines the tactics used by Chechen guerrillas and the responses of Russian military and security forces. He explains why Russian troops have been unable to crush the separatist insurgency and why Chechen fighters have resorted to increasingly deadly acts of terrorism, including mass hostage-takings and suicide bombings in Moscow. These terrorist attacks have greatly reduced the prospect of a lasting political settlement. Although some of the problems that have dogged Russian forces in Chechnya are unique to that particular conflict, the prolonged war illustrates general difficulty of counterinsurgency operations.
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