Fourteen Points: A Framework for the Analysis of Counterinsurgency,
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The purpose of this study is to provide a framework of analysis to help the analyst determine whether or not a government threatened by insurgency can prevail and, if that is in some doubt, what foreign assistance is required to make success more likely. Insurgency is defined as an organized attempt to overthrow a govern ment by armed attack continuing over an extended period of time. Insurgencies have been launched by many groups for many purposes, but the study is concerned only with left-wing insurgencies with some communist involvement. Of the various strategies that have been followed by left- wing groups to seize power, two are pertinent to the purposes of the study. These are political organized insurgency also called peoples war by Mao Tse-tung and foco insurgency as codified by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The first type is characterized by top-to-bottom political control, focus on developing and organizing popular support support usually in the remote countryside, reliance on guerilla tactics, a phased strategy and the notion of a protracted conflict which may last for many years.
- Unconventional Warfare