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Confronting the Colonies: British Intelligence and Counterinsurgency

Rory Cormac


Moving the debate beyond the place of tactical intelligence in counterinsurgency warfare, this book considers the view from Whitehall, where the biggest decisions were made. It reveals the evolving impact of strategic intelligence upon government understandings of, and policy responses to, insurgent threats. The book demonstrates for the first time how, in the decades after World War Two, the intelligence agenda expanded to include non-state actors, insurgencies, and irregular warfare. It explores the challenges these emerging threats posed to intelligence assessment and how they were met with ... More

Keywords: counterinsurgency warfare, Whitehall, non-state actors, insurgencies, irregular warfare, Cold War, nationalism, decolonisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199354436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rory Cormac, author