Countering Others’ Insurgencies: Understanding U.S. Small-Footprint Interventions in Local Context

Countering Others’ Insurgencies: Understanding U.S. Small-Footprint Interventions in Local Context. RAND Corporation. Stephen Watts et al. February 25, 2014.

The report describes counterinsurgency strategies and practices and conditions in which U.S. “small-footprint” partnerships may succeed. Successful U.S. operations have been concentrated in favorable conditions, but most insurgencies occur in worst-case conditions. Case studies of the Philippines and Pakistan reinforce findings of the analysis and highlight challenges for the U.S. in trying to influence partners. The authors provide recommendations are offered for managing troubled partnerships. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR500/RR513/RAND_RR513.sum.pdf Summary [PDF format, 12 pages, 0.1 MB].

http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR500/RR513/RAND_RR513.pdf Full Text [PDF format, 254 pages, 1.3 MB].

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