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The urbanization of insurgency : the potential challenge to U.S. Army operations

Author: Jennifer M Taw; Bruce Hoffman; Rand Corporation.; United States. Army.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corp., ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This report evaluates the effects of urbanization and population growth on the conduct of insurgency/counterinsurgency operations and assesses the U.S.'s ability to effectively support foreign nations' counterinsurgency activities. The report argues that as the dual demographic trends of rapid population growth and urbanization continue to change the face of the developing world, the likelihood of urban insurgency  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer M Taw; Bruce Hoffman; Rand Corporation.; United States. Army.
ISBN: 0833015281 9780833015280
OCLC Number: 30110859
Notes: "Prepared for the U.S. Army."
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Description: xv, 45 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Jennifer Morrison Taw, Bruce Hoffman.
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This report evaluates the effects of urbanization and population growth on the conduct of insurgency/counterinsurgency operations and assesses the U.S.'s ability to effectively support foreign nations' counterinsurgency activities. The report argues that as the dual demographic trends of rapid population growth and urbanization continue to change the face of the developing world, the likelihood of urban insurgency is increasing. It also argues that although urban insurgencies have traditionally been the easiest kind to defeat, that may no longer be the case. This means that governments, no longer able to simply rely on their urban counterterrorist or rural counterinsurgency strategies, will have to develop a hybrid strategy that prepares them to fight a broad-based insurgency across rural and urban environments. The report concludes that the United States can provide only limited support in these efforts, because it has neither the resources nor the will to become directly involved. The United States must realize that there are factors over which it has no control and that before committing its support to a counterinsurgency effort, it must determine how much it is willing to spend, how much it can control, how its efforts will be perceived, and the minimum outcome it will accept.

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