‘Our Ghettos, Too, Need a Lansdale’: American Counter-insurgency Abroad and at Home in the Vietnam Era

  • William Rosenau
Part of the Rethinking Political Violence series book series (RPV)


In national security affairs, as in other policy spheres, boundaries between ‘foreign’ and ‘domestic’ often become blurred and unstable. The ‘Global War on Terror’ (GWOT), with its intelligence gathering on US citizens and the relentless hunt for the ‘enemy within’, illustrates the erosion of any fixed distinction between external and indigenous threats and responses. Within US policy and academic circles, the American conduct of counter-insurgency typically is framed in ‘expeditionary’ terms. Under this conception, counter-insurgency is a tool of US international security policy — it is something the US armed forces and civilian agencies do abroad, ideally in cooperation with international partners and ‘by, with, and through’ the embattled ‘host nation’ facing insurgent threats. And at its most baroque, counter-insurgency demands nothing less than political, social, and economic revolution, with the United States serving as the midwife that will bring the besieged polity into the modern world.


Naval Postgraduate School Aberdeen Prove Ground Collective Violence Guerrilla Warfare Racial Violence 
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