Defines the laws of counterinsurgency warfare. Part of the PSI Classics in the Counterinsurgency Era series, this work outlines lessons from the 1950s and 60s that are relevant to modern conflicts. It provides an analysis of how to countermine insurgency, and of the elements that might hinder its defeat.
DAVID GALULA (1919-1967) was born to French parents in Tunisia and raised in Morocco, earning his baccalaureat in Casablanca and attending the military academy at Saint-Cyr. Graduated on the eve of World War II, he saw action in North Africa, Italy, and France. An officer of the marine infantry in the old colonial army, he was assigned to China and also served with the United Nations as a military observer in Greece and military attache in Hong Kong. Colonel Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by the French army. Shortly before retiring he wrote Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice, while in residence at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.