A partial list of the Canadian Forces' "suggested readings in counterinsurgency," follows below.
The upshot? Counterinsurgency (COIN, in military vernacular) ain't easy -- never was, never is, never will be.
And just because a country fears being drawn into a bloody quagmire, doesn't mean that it can't try to discern lessons from the bloody quagmires of ages past.
- Islam, Karen Armstrong (2002)
- Inside al-Qaeda, Rohan Gunarathna (2002)
- The War of Ideas: Jihad Against Democracy, Walid Phares (2007)
- The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism (2001)
- The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahedeen Tactics in the Soviet Afghanistan War, Colonel Jalali (2000)
- Revolt in the Desert, T.E. Lawrence (2004)
- History of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire,
- Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya, Caroline Elkins, (2005)
- Pacification in Algeria: 1956-1958, David Galula (2005)
- The Irish War: The Hidden Conflict Between the IRA and British Intelligence, Tony Geraghty (2000)
- Fighting for Ireland? The Military Strategy of the IRA, M.L.R. Smith (1995)
- Strategy in Vietnam: The Marines and Revolutionary Warfare in I Corps, Michael Hennessy, (1997)
- Communist Revolutionary Warfare: From the Vietminh to Viet Cong, George Tanham, (1967)
- Defeating Communist Insurgency, The Lessons of Malaya and Vietnam, Sir Robert Thompson (2005)
- Counter-Guerrilla Operations: The Philippine Experience, Charles Bohannan (1962)
- COIN in a Test Tube: Analyzing the Success of the Regional Assistance Mission, Solomon Islands, Russell Glenn (2007)
- Modern Warfare: A French View of Counterinsurgency Roger Trinquier (1964)
- War in the Shadows: The Guerrilla in History, Robert B. Asprey (1994)
- Mars Learning: The Marine Corps Development of Small Wars Doctrine 1915-1940, Keith Bickel (2001)
- U.S. Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine 1860-1941, Andrew Birtle (1998)
- U.S. Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine 1942-1976, Andrew Birtle (1998)
And so on. ...