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Spring 2022
May 22, 2022
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IPOL 230 - Insurgency & Counterinsurgency
***Students are required to attend the first class. Failure to do so will result in automatic disenrollment**** **** This class is not available for a Pass / Fail**** This course examines the dynamics of insurgency (a distinct variant of guerrilla warfare) and counterinsurgency (the government response). It has been crafted with America’s recent and current involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq in mind and therefore is intended to acquaint students with the nature, dimensions and history of insurgency and counterinsurgency both past and present, and by doing so to establish a solid foundation upon which further expertise can be built and analytical capabilities with respect to future eventualities developed. The course considers a wide range of questions in order to provide students with a deeper understanding of the evolution of insurgent strategy and tactics over time and the development of government counterinsurgency doctrine. Among the questions it examines are: What is insurgency and how does it differ from guerrilla warfare and terrorism? How have insurgent strategies and tactics changed over time? Who are the foremost ideological and doctrinal proponents of insurgency and why? Who are the foremost counterinsurgency practitioner-theorists? Why does insurgency succeed or fail? How can an insurgency best be fought? Why is the wheel seemingly always reinvented in counterinsurgency? Specifically, the course will analyze both the effectiveness of insurgency as a means to achieve political change and the challenges faced by the liberal democratic state in responding to insurgent campaigns and challenges.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

International Politics Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/IPOL Security Studies, Mean Grade is Calculated

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