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(p. 173) Part II Contemporary Problems 

(p. 173) Part II Contemporary Problems
Author(s):

John Baylis

, James J. Wirtz

, and Colin S. Gray

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date: 21 October 2019

This chapter examines the theory and practice of irregular warfare by focusing on terrorism and insurgency. It first considers some relevant definitions before discussing how terrorist and irregular warfare campaigns achieve success by gaining an advantage over their adversaries in terms of time, space, legitimacy, and/or support. It then explores counterinsurgency and counterterrorism in theory and practice and concludes by reflecting on the future of irregular warfare. It shows how religious, social, cultural, and economic factors provide the context which shapes the conduct of irregular conflicts, and how terrorists and insurgents seek to achieve a political result from their use of force.

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