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Confronting al Qaeda By Martha L. Cottam

Confronting al Qaeda by Martha L. Cottam

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Based on interviews with tribal Sheiks involved in the Awakening and their American military counterparts, Confronting al Qaeda is a study of decision-making processes and the political psychology of the Sunni Awakening. It traces the change in U.S. military strategy that permitted the collaboration between the Sunni tribes and the U.S. forces.

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Confronting al Qaeda: The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy in al Anbar by Martha L. Cottam

Based on in-depth interviews with tribal Sheiks involved in the Awakening and their American military counterparts, Confronting al Qaeda is a study of decision-making processes and the political psychology of the Sunni Awakening in al Anbar. It traces the change in American military strategy that made the Awakening collaboration between the Sunni tribes and the U.S. forces possible. It explains how the evolution of the tribal leaders' perspective and of the American military strategy led to defeat al Qaeda in al Anbar. The process of these changing mutual images is detailed as well as how the cooperation between groups led to further evolution of perceptions. Political and military realities urgently forced these perceptual and social identity shifts initially, but the process of cooperation and engagement accelerated these shifts through increasingly mutually beneficial cooperation and interaction during the battle with al Qaeda in Iraq.

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Realistic insights...make this book an important contribution to the literature on counterinsurgency. * Perspectives on Terrorism *
Confronting Al Qaeda, the Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar is a very short read, and for an academic book doesn't get bogged down in theory. Social Identity and how it relates to Anbar is easy to understand. That makes the book worthwhile for a quick overview of what happened in Anbar. * Musings on Iraq: Iraq News, Politics, Economics, Society *
As the conflicts in Iraq and Syria continue, this book provides essential insight into the preceding history and evolution of thinking that is behind them and will need to be dealt with if these conflicts are to be managed and much less resolved. The book is unusual in that it brings to the table interviews with Sunni leaders that have not been considered before and combines a well-grounded theoretical framework with a detailed analysis of the Sunni tribes and their interaction with Saddam Hussein's regime, the American provisional authority, and the Shi'a led Iraqi government. It is a very valuable contribution. -- Richard Herrmann, professor, international relations, international security, and political psychology, The Ohio State University
One cannot understand the Islamic State movement without grasping the nature of its historical antibody-the Awakening movement in Iraq. Based on first hand interviews, Cottam and Huseby have written the only first rate analysis I have seen of a movement that sadly no longer exists in a coherent form. -- Craig Whiteside, LTC, USA (Ret), professor of Theater Security Decision Making for the Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School.

About Martha L. Cottam

Martha L. Cottam is C.O. Johnson Distinguished Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Washington State University, and director, Washington State University Institute for the Study of Intercommunal Conflict. Joe W. Huseby is an instructor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Washington State University. Bruno Baltodano is a professor of Political Science at Florida SouthWestern State College.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2: US Intervention and the Birth of the Insurgency in al Anbar Chapter 3: The Tribes: High Expectations and Disappointment Chapter 4 The Violence Escalates Chapter 5: The Awakening Spreads Chapter 6: Epilogue and Conclusion

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NGR9781442264854
9781442264854
1442264853
Confronting al Qaeda: The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy in al Anbar by Martha L. Cottam
New
Hardback
Rowman & Littlefield
2016-03-22
158
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