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American Counterinsurgency Strategy: Lessons from History

Monday 18 February 2013, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, NAB 1.04, New Academic Building
Speaker: Max Boot; Discussant: Dr Toby Dodge; Chair: Dr Nicholas Kitchen

The United States has spent the last decade fighting two counter-insurgency campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, rewriting the US Army’s Counterinsurgency Field Manual as it has done so. Yet insurgencies and guerrilla wars are not a new phenomena; rather, their history has long been ignored. Max Boot and Toby Dodge set out the lessons the United States should have learned from the past, but hasn’t.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 

Copies of Max Boot's latest publication 'Invisible Armies' will be sold at the event.

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Max Boot  is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present.  He is a former senior foreign policy adviser to the McCain campaign in 2007-2008, and was a defence policy adviser to the Romney campaign in 2011-2012.



Dr Toby Dodge is Deputy Director of LSE IDEAS and Reader in International Relations at the LSE.


Nick Kitchen

Dr Nicholas Kitchen is Research Officer in Global Power and the Gulf at the LSE Kuwait Programme, and serves as Editor in Chief of IDEAS Reports and Programme Coordinator of the LSE IDEAS Transatlantic Relations Programme.



NAB 1.04, New Academic Building, London School of Economics. 



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