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Withdrawing Under Fire: Lessons Learned from Islamist Insurgencies Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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"Planning creative and effective exit strategies for counterinsurgency campaigns may be even more important than initiating and carrying out these campaigns. If this is the only lesson that decision makers, experts, strategists, and students take from Dr. Joshua Gleis's Withdrawing Under Fire, then the international counterinsurgency campaigns will become much more effective. A must-read." --Dr. Boaz Ganor, Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Israel
"Had Mikhail Gorbachev read Joshua Gleis's Withdrawing Under Fire, there might still be a feared Red Army, if not a state more closely resembling the Soviet Union. Had Richard Nixon read this book, the term `Vietnam Syndrome' might not have been etched in our souls. Those in the administration of Barack Obama, if not the president himself, must read this book to avoid losing Afghanistan in a way that history will not judge kindly." --Brig. Gen. Russell D. Howard, USA (Ret.), founder and former Director of the Combating Terrorism Center, United States Military Academy
"This study breaks new ground for the professional literature on insurgency and counterinsurgency. Joshua Gleis is the first to examine these issues within the context of the literature on war termination. It is an important book for the academic security studies community. It is also a must-read for all those in the national security establishments of the democracies--military and civilian--that will have to deal with these nontraditional conflict challenges well into the foreseeable future." --Professor Richard Shultz Director of The International Security Studies program, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
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I sure hope this book makes it to the hands of all major military strategists.
This well thought out book is easy to read and very informative. This book is scary relevant and should be used as a text book for those that wish to understand the high stakes in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
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This book offers an incredible new take on an important subject matter; it taught
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Well written and organized. I learned a lot from this book and it made me more aware of issues going on now. Highly recommend it!Published on April 10, 2011 by Ari J. Katz
The lessons learned in this book will hopefully be utilized as the US makes some tough decisions in the coming yearsPublished on April 5, 2011 by RM
This book presents strong policy recommendations on dealing with Islamic fundamentalism and insurgencies in the Middle East. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by BL
I knew virtually nothing on the subject before reading this book. I found it highly informative and it definitely broadened my interest and concern on the topic. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Avid Reader