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The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars

Ganesh Sitaraman


Since the “surge” in Iraq in 2006, counterinsurgency effectively became America's dominant approach for fighting wars. Yet many of the major controversies and debates surrounding counterinsurgency have turned not on military questions but on legal ones: Who can the military attack with drones? Is the occupation of Iraq legitimate? What trade-offs should the military make between self-protection and civilian casualties? What is the right framework for negotiating with the Taliban? How can we build the rule of law in Afghanistan? This book tackles these legal issues from the vantage point of cou ... More

Keywords: Iraq, counterinsurgency strategy, America, rule of law, military strategy, warfare, Libya, Middle East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199930319
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199930319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ganesh Sitaraman, author
Assistant Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University

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