Goodbye to all that: On small wars and big choices
Small Wars & Insurgencies
Small Wars and Insurgencies
This article reflects on a decade of British counterinsurgency operations. Questioning the idea that lessons have been learnt, the paper challenges the assumptions that are being used to frame future strategic choice. Suggesting that defence engagement is primarily focused on optimising overseas interventions while avoiding a deeper strategic reassessment about whether the UK should be undertaking these sorts of activities, the article calls for a proper debate on Britain's national security interests.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Small Wars & Insurgencies on 1 July 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09592318.2014.914127
Vol. 25 (3), pp.685-695