January 2013

Counterinsurgency Theorists Galula and Trinquier

Volume 97, Issue 1

Velvet glove and iron fist

While David Galula and Roger Trinquier are often cast as having two distinctly different approaches to counterinsurgency, the differences between their approaches are overemphasized. Although their practice may have been very different in style, with Trinquier striking a hard tone and Galula a softer one, their basic views of insurgency and methods for countering it are remarkably similar.

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