The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author
David Kilcullen is a Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of New South Wales, and a Professor of Practice in Global Security at Arizona State University. He heads the strategic research firm Cordillera Applications Group. A former soldier and diplomat, he served as a counterinsurgency advisor during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In recent years he has supported aid agencies, non-government organizations, and local communities in conflict and disaster-affected regions, and developed new ways to think about highly networked urban environments. Dr. Kilcullen was named one of the Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and is the author of the highly acclaimed The Accidental Guerrilla, Out of the Mountains, and Blood Year.

"Disturbingly brilliant. David Kilcullen, ever the thoughtful observer of wars and the people who wage them, captures the changes in warfare that already confound-and threaten to overwhelm us. He correctly shows that we are mentally and physically unprepared for the new nature of conflict, and will likely pay dearly for it." -Stan McChrystal, Partner, McChrystal Group

"David Kilcullen has produced another thoughtful, important book. At a time when some believe that the return of competition with great powers (i.e. dragons) might serve as an emotional cathartic to help forget the long war against jihadist terrorist organizations (i.e. snakes), the author exposes and transcends that false choice. His ideas about how to fight for peace in a dangerous world should be read and discussed not only by diplomats, defense officials, and military officers, but also by citizens concerned about securing a better future for their children." -H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and the forthcoming Battlegrounds

"To absorb Kilcullen's insights is to be forced to rethink national and international security in this new century and to adjust military and nonmilitary institutions to a host of new realities. Senior policy-makers have no choice but to do so."--Gary Hart, Member, United States Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees

"An eye-opening look at the state of strategic balance between the United States and its rivals, large and small... The author delivers a detailed and unsettling analysis of how America's rivals have adapted to the modern strategic landscape--and how they hope to defeat us. Essential reading for anyone concerned with America's future on the world stage."--Kirkus, Starred Review

"This book should be read by everyone in a uniform."--The Times (U.K.)

"Kilcullen is a welcome guide, offering a neat summation of how both nation-states and terrorist groups alike learned to cope with America's conventional military primacy... Kilcullen's approach offers readers accessible insights into what are complex and dynamic trends."--Diplomatic Courier

"An impressive expos� on how terrorists and non-state actors outmanoeuvre conventional militaries... [Kilcullen] has a commanding view of a geopolitical landscape."
--Financial Times