Subversion and Insurgency

Subversion and Insurgency

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The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have generated intense interest in counterinsurgency within the U.S. armed forces, the intelligence community, the State Department, and the Department of Defense. However, subversion 7 a critical part of the repertoire of many insurgent groups 7 remains a neglected subject. This paper presents a set of case studies to explore the elements of subversion in-depth. It discusses preliminary ideas for combating subversive activities in the context of the 3long war4 against violent Islamist extremism and concludes with a discussion of how American support for countersubversion within authoritarian regimes can conflict with other important U.S. foreign policy objectives, such as the promotion of human rights.According to the U.S. Information Service (1967, pp. 256a€“258), from its beginning in 1961, the program worked to: Encourage unit and individual desertions from the ARVN. Create discord between ARVN forces and government personnel and their U.S. advisors. Lower the morale of troops and civil servants, and encourage them to perform their duties in lackadaisical fashion. Promote pro-NLF activities and sentiment within government agencies and the armed forces. Create a€œananbsp;...

Title:Subversion and Insurgency
Author: William Rosenau
Publisher:Rand Corporation - 2007

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