Speak No Evil: Targeting a Population's Neutrality to Defeat an Insurgency

Parameters: The U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Summer 2005

16 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2015

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Christopher Ford

Government of the United States of America - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law

Date Written: Summer 2005

Abstract

Using Iraq as a model, this article seeks to examine the relationship between the people and the insurgency, with the ultimate questions being: What role does the civilian population play in the insurgency, and how can this situation be influenced to achieve success? The article examines the traditional military doctrines of insurgency and finds that: (1) though unique, the Iraqi insurgency is following a predictable pattern of development; (2) the civilian population plays a determinative role in the success or failure of the insurgency; and (3) the civilian population can be more effectively influenced though a more selective and efficient application of civil-military operations.

Keywords: Iraq, Insurgency, Population, Neutrality, Fence-sitters, COIN, Counter-insurgency, civil-military, targeting, non-lethal, reconstruction

JEL Classification: N3, N30, N45

Suggested Citation

Ford, Christopher, Speak No Evil: Targeting a Population's Neutrality to Defeat an Insurgency (Summer 2005). Parameters: The U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Summer 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628658

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