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Publisher Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs

Global Security Podcast: A Conversation with Mark Stout and David Ucko

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Why did the British Army, the alleged masters of counterinsurgency, fail at this task in Iraq and Afghanistan?  How firm are the underpinnings of our understanding of counterinsurgency and where does COIN stand today? Global Security Studies Program Director Mark Stout explores these questions with David Ucko of the National Defense University and the author, along with Robert Egnell of Georgetown University, of Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare.

About Dr. David Ucko

Dr. David H. Ucko, is Chair of the War and Conflict Studies Department and the director of the Combating Terrorism & Irregular Warfare (CTIW) Fellowship Program at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University. He oversees the delivery of the CTIW curriculum and the international outreach efforts to build a network of practitioners engaged with counter-terrorism, counterinsurgency, and irregular warfare.

Dr. Ucko’s research areas include political violence, irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, and war-to-peace transitions. He is the author of Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare (Columbia University Press, 2013), The New Counterinsurgency Era: Transforming the U.S. Military for Modern Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Reintegrating Armed Groups after Conflict (Routledge, 2009). He has also published on the United Nations, NATO, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals.

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