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Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency in the Neoliberal Age

Khalili, Laleh (2015) 'Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency in the Neoliberal Age.' In: Ghazal, Amal and Hanssen, Jens, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle-Eastern and North African History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

This chapter examines the colonial roots of counterinsurgency practices deployed by the US after September 11, 2011 in Iraq and Afghanistan. Drawing on a broad range of primary sources produced by the US military and its officers and soldiers, the chapter argues that the counterinsurgency practices were intended as liberal forms of warfare that through the use of law, administration, and procedure intended to facilitate the conquest and management of intransigent populations in those two countries. Given the broader failure of such practices to pacify the conquered populations and the high cost—in blood, treasure, and political credibility—of maintaining such futile warfare, the US has now changed gears to counterterrorism, which is far more about direct violence than it is about imperial management and transformation of conquered populations.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISBN: 9780199672530
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199672530.013.16
Depositing User: Laleh Khalili
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 15:30
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/20804

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