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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:52963
Doc. No:TL22917
Call number:‭3300252‬
Main Entry:Gerald Meyerle
Title & Author:Death by a thousand cuts: The dynamics of protracted insurgency in Kashmir and Sri LankaGerald Meyerle
College:University of Virginia
Date:2008
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2008
Page No:331
Abstract:How do small bands of lightly armed, half-trained insurgents fight armies many times their size to a stalemate, and sometimes even win the war? Why is it that large, modern militaries with their overwhelmingly superior capabilities so often fail against the smallest adversaries? Through an analysis of protracted insurgencies in Kashmir and Sri Lanka, this dissertation shows how insurgents survive and thrive by employing unique strategies and by remaining innovative in every aspect of their operation. Insurgents in Kashmir and Sri Lanka employ strategies aimed at exploiting the weaknesses of conventional militaries and denying them the ability to use their superior capabilities. Guerrillas concentrate to attack the state and its armed forces at their weakest points, and then disperse when attacked in turn. Large militaries tend to respond by fanning out to dominate terrain and hunt down individual militants. By doing so, the state’s armed forces become increasingly spread thin and vulnerable to concentrated attacks on isolated posts and patrols. Guerrillas in Kashmir and Sri Lanka also tend to be more innovative than the conventional armies arrayed against them. The insurgents have evolved by acquiring new capabilities and deploying them in creative ways, by learning new tactics through trial and error, and by developing new forms of organization in response to changing conditions.
Subject:Social sciences; Insurgency; Kashmir; Political violence; Southeast Asia; Sri Lanka; Political science; International law; International relations; Armed forces; 0750:Armed forces; 0615:Political science; 0616:International relations; 0616:International law
Added Entry:J. E. Echeverri-Gent
Added Entry:University of Virginia