The Insurgent Archipelago: Global Insurgency and Domestic Terrorism

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RUSImotif 2A discussion seminar featuring Dr John Mackinlay, Dr Rudra Chaudhuri and Colonel Alex Alderson.

The basis of this seminar will be the arguments outlined in Dr Mackinlay’s groundbreaking new book The Insurgent Archipelago, which examines institutional efforts to prevent terrorism and analyses the link between military expeditions to Iraq and Afghanistan and their effect on the social cohesion of European populations that include Muslims from these regions.

Speaking first, Dr Mackinlay will revisit the roots of global insurgencies, describe their nature and character, reveal the power of mass communications and grievance, and recommend how individual nations can counter these threats by focusing on domestic terrorism. Dr Chaudhuri will then give a response, and offer a contrasting view based on his own work.  Colonel Alderson will follow with a contemporary British Army perspective and all three speakers will then form a discussion panel to answer questions from the audience and each other.  Questions and observations from the floor are strongly encouraged.

Dr John Mackinlay is a Teaching Fellow in the War Studies Department, King’s College London and an Associate Fellow of RUSI. He began his career as a British Army officer and was Defence Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge. His chief research interests are the evolution of international forces and insurgency and counter-insurgency.

Dr Rudra Chaudhuri is a Lecturer at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He previously taught at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College. He heads a project titled ‘A Regional Strategy for South Asia  which examines regional dimensions of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Colonel Alex Alderson is head of the Army’s Afghan Counter Insurgency (COIN)Centre in Warminster where he is responsible for the conceptual training and education of operational formations of the British Army before they deploy to Afghanistan.  He is the Army’s leading COIN doctrine writer and spent a year as a Defence Fellow at Oxford.

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception from 1845 to 2000.  Dr Mackinlay will be on hand to sign copies of his book.

This event is open to all, with priority being given to RUSI members. To become a member, please click here.

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