By Robert W. Schaefer
The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus: From Gazavat to Jihad is a accomplished therapy of this three hundred year-old clash. Thematically prepared, refreshingly obtainable and well-written, it cuts in the course of the rhetoric to supply the serious lens in which readers can actually comprehend the "why" and "how" of insurgencies and terrorism - and lay naked the intricacies of the Chechen and North Caucasus clash - one of many world's longest-running modern insurgencies.
A interesting case examine of a counterinsurgency crusade that's in direct contravention people and Western doctrine, this ebook can be the precise better half to these learning insurgencies since it indicates an enemy-centric method of counterinsurgency in motion. As such, it has been selected as a textbook at best universities and in different terrorism and insurgency courses during the international, and named to the "Top a hundred and fifty Books on Terrorism and Counterterrorism" via the Terrorism learn Initiative. The publication examines the variations and linkages among insurgency and terrorism; the origins of clash within the North Caucasus; and the impacts of other traces of Islam, of al-Qaida, and of the struggle on Terror. A serious exam of by no means- before-revealed Russian counterinsurgency (COIN) campaigns explains why these campaigns have constantly failed and why the area has visible such an upswing in violence because the clash was once formally declared "over" in 2006.
The book's positive aspects comprise certain information from the North Caucasus Incident Database (every violent incident within the zone over a two-year period); charts displaying the advanced options of the insurgency and the Russian counterinsurgency campaigns; declassified intelligence stories; maps, huge footnotes, a hugely exact index for extra learn, and a bibliography. offered in the course of the lens of counterinsurgency idea, doctrine and perform, this incisive research explores the historical roots of every factor, the main gamers, and the farthest-reaching effects.