David Kilcullen's favourite book is written by Stig Jarle Hansen

In an interview with Foreign Policy, David Kilcullen, who was special advisor for counter-insurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, replied the following to the question: What is your favorite book of the last year?:

David kilcullens favourite book is written by stig jarle hansen

"Hmmm, that's a tough one, so many great books came out in 2013.

Book written by Stig Jarle Hansen
Book written by Stig Jarle Hansen Photo:
I particularly enjoyed Stig Hansen's new book Al Shabaab in Somalia, which paints a detailed picture of how al-Shabab is evolving as African Union peacekeepers push them out of major cities, and they begin to go regional across Africa. "

Summary of the book:

Al Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group, 2005-2012

Since early 2007 a new breed of combatants has appeared on the streets of Mogadishu and other towns in Somalia: the 'Shabaab', or youth, the only self-proclaimed branch of al-Qaeda to have gained acceptance (and praise) from Ayman al-Zawahiri and 'AQ centre' in Afghanistan. Itself an offshoot of the Islamic Courts Union, which split in 2006, Shabaab has imposed Sharia law and is also heavily influenced by local clan structures within Somalia itself. It remains an infamous and widely discussed, yet little-researched and understood, Islamist group. Hansen's remarkable book attempts to go beyond the media headlines and simplistic analyses based on alarmist or localist narratives and, by employing intensive field research conducted within Somalia, as well as on the ground interviews with Shabaab leaders themselves, explores the history of a remarkable organisation, one that has survived predictions of its collapse on several occasions. Hansen portrays al-Shabaab as a hybrid Islamist organization that combines a strong streak of Somali nationalism with the rhetorical obligations of international jihadism, thereby attracting a not insignificant number of foreign fighters to its ranks. Both these strands of Shabaab have been inadvertently boosted by Ethiopian, American and African Union attempts to defeat it militarily, all of which have come to nought.

Book Review by African Arguments

For the complete interview with David Kilcullen see: http://www.facesyria.com/inews.php?id=1600696

Published 3. June 2014 - 13:18 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:31

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