publication . Thesis . 2000

Insurgency in Urban areas: implications for SOF

Franco, George H.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2000
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Many of the "small wars" that have occurred in the aftermath of the Cold War fit the profile of insurgent conflicts: they pit a constituted state vs. a counter-state, the counter-state relies on a support structure within the population, and the center-of-mass of these conflicts is political and psychological rather than military in nature. The urbanization boom in many underdeveloped countries has stretched the social services and infrastructure of the cities beyond the breaking point, and this dynamic may contribute to the occurrence of insurgency. Increasingly, political entrepreneurs have operated within urban areas to enlist disaffected individuals in campa...
free text keywords: SOF Employment, Urban Insurgency, Counterinsurgency Operations, Colombia, Egypt, Chechnya
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