ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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How might Unified Action partners better understand the multifarious complexities of insurgencies Practitioners must think more deeply about the arrangements, alliances, internal conflicts, ideologies, and parastatal relationships that emerge, morph and subside in an insurgency. Prevailing definitions are insufficient and military frameworks lend themselves to a false perception of a holistic understanding of intrastate conflict environments. Challenging this condition, this thesis argues that insurgencies are a diverse amalgamation of local and supralocal dynamics that shape the patterns of domestic and international politics and, therefore, require a new definition and a unique framework for analysis. This paper creates and develops the Insurgency Analysis framework, integrating cutting edge political science concepts, to facilitate the applied understanding of insurgency in a better way. To demonstrate the relevance, scalability, and contextual portability of this new framework, it is further applied to the ongoing insurgency in Nigeria. Furthermore, this new definition and new framework have institutional implications for Unified Action partners in that it assists in disaggregating the study of insurgency and accentuates the many complex factors one must consider with regard to policy formulation and collective action.
- Government and Political Science
- Unconventional Warfare