By Christina Hellmich
On the grounds that 9-11, al-Qaeda has ruled American discussions of nationwide and foreign defense. but conflicting assumptions in regards to the nature of the crowd and the results of bin Ladin's dying abound. instead of simply supplying yet one more biography of al-Qaeda, Christina Hellmich forensically examines the main authoritative assets on which the current figuring out of al-Qaeda is predicated, reading the discrepancies among what's suggested and what can realistically be recognized. the result's a penetrating perception into a firm that for all its notoriety is likely one of the least understood of our time.
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State war) or by insurgency theorists—they are not. And, as the focus of COIN is the cessation of the insurgency, and theorists of the subject come largely from a military background, the tendency is to focus on the factors that are both evident and easily (I use the term “easily” relatively—nothing in war is easy) manipulated by battlefield commanders; largely force structure, leadership and personnel characteristics, and the engagement of the local populace. From the insurgents’ perspective, insurgency leaders and theorists also generally champion force structure, personnel attributes, and integration with the local populace as the keys for both creating and winning an insurgency.
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2 Levels of definition. term CT is to be highly denotive and precise, it needs to keep either its political dimension or its psychological dimension—the goal of physical security appears to be a necessary, but not sufficient attribute of CT. In fact, it could be argued that the psychological dimension is a defining characteristic of CT. Although this might distance the concept from its common definition, such a characterization would match perfectly the passivity/CT/counterterror continuum described earlier.
al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise by Christina Hellmich