RUSI JournalVolume 157Issue 4members only

The British Approach to COIN and Stabilisation: A Retrospective on Developments since 2001


A key figure in the last decade of British counter-insurgency thought discusses the difficult and fraught process of doctrine generation

Alexander Alderson was responsible for the publication of the new British Army doctrine on counter-insurgency in 2009. Three years after its publication, Alderson looks back at how the doctrine was formulated, dissecting its historical and contemporary influences, conceptual framework and practical application. His insider’s reflection on the elaboration of UK doctrine illuminates the ongoing nature of the process, and highlights the need for constant attention and innovation

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