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The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West [9781787380981]

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Just twenty years ago, people spoke of the US as a unipolar titan, stalking the world stage with more power than any empire in history.

Yet, even in 1993, the newly-appointed CIA director warned that Western powers might have 'slain a large dragon' with the fall of the USSR, but now faced a 'bewildering variety of poisonous snakes'.

Leading soldier-scholar David Kilcullen reveals what the West's opponents have learned from the last decade-and-a-half of conflict, and how this has shaped their strategies.

He investigates what has happened to both the 'snakes'--terrorist and guerrilla organisations--and the 'dragons'--fellow state enemies, such as Russia and China.

Dragons and snakes alike have watched the US struggle in Iraq and Afghanistan, and mastered new, cutting-edge tactics in response: hybrid warfare, political manipulation, urban asymmetric attacks, and modular, portable technology. Put together, these pose a serious new threat to America and its allies, disabling the advantage of Western military superiority.

The Dragons and the Snakes is a compelling, counter-intuitive look at this new, vastly complex global arena. It will not only reshape our understanding of anti-American capabilities, but also show how the West can respond, given the increasing limits to US power.


AUTHOR: David Kilcullen is one of the world's foremost thinkers on counterinsurgency and military strategy. He is the author of The Accidental Guerrilla, a Washington Post bestseller, Counterinsurgency and Out of the Mountains. And, most recently, the award-winning Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror. He was formerly Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq and to the NATO Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He is currently Chairman of Caerus Associates, a Washington-based strategy and design firm, and First Mile Geo, a geospatial analysis firm. He is also a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, studying insurgency and unconventional warfare. He has served in Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

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05-Mar-2020
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