Confronting the Colonies: British Intelligence and Counterinsurgency

Confronting the Colonies: British Intelligence and Counterinsurgency

Rory Cormac


relocating the controversy past where of tactical intelligence in counterinsurgency conflict, Confronting the Colonies considers the view from Whitehall, the place the largest judgements have been made. It finds the evolving influence of strategic intelligence upon executive understandings of, and coverage responses to, rebel threats.

Confronting the Colonies demonstrates for the 1st time how, within the a long time after global warfare , the intelligence time table elevated to incorporate non-state actors, insurgencies, and abnormal conflict. It explores the demanding situations those rising threats posed to intelligence review and the way they have been met with various levels of luck. Such matters stay of important value at the present time. through studying the connection among intelligence and coverage, Cormac offers unique and revealing insights into executive pondering within the period of decolonisation, from the origins of nationalist unrest to the projection of dwindling British strength. He demonstrates how intelligence (mis-)understood the advanced courting among the chilly warfare, nationalism, and decolonisation; the way it fuelled fierce Whitehall feuding; and the way it formed policymakers' makes an attempt to combine counterinsurgency into broader strategic policy.

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