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COIN-ing a New Term: Expeditionary Counter-Insurgency

| June 26, 2010

My friend Prof. Harvey Rishikof of the National War College came up with a new term used by some of the students, "expeditionary counter-insurgency," during off-line discussions at an International Law Conference at Newport, RI this week...the idea being that conducting counter-insurgency far away from the homeland is an extremely difficult thing to do unless you have a consistent and reliable ally.

How indeed, I would ask, and apart from the question of a "reliable ally," can (or should) the U.S. carry out a campaign to win "hearts and minds" in an alien country thousands of miles away on the other side of the world?...

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For Academic Citation: Cogan, Charles G..“COIN-ing a New Term: Expeditionary Counter-Insurgency.” The Huffington Post, June 26, 2010.