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Since the end of World War II a paradigm shift has occurred in armed conflict. Asymmetric, or fourth-generation warfare—the challenge of nonstate belligerents to the authority and power of the state—has become the dominant form of conflict, while interstate conventional war has become an increasingly irrelevant instrument of statecraft. In asymmetric conflicts the enemy is often a fellow citizen with a different vision for the future of the country—waging war among the people, maneuvering on the borderlines between parliamentary politics, street politics, criminal activity, and combat operations.
Winning Wars amongst the People analyzes the special circumstances of asymmetric conflicts in the domestic context and seeks to identify those principles that allow a democratic state’s security forces to meet the challenge, while at the same time obey their homeland’s laws, protect its culture, observe its values, and maintain its liberties, traditions, and way of life. Using five detailed case studies, Peter A. Kiss explains the fundamental differences between the paradigm of conventional warfare and that of asymmetric warfare as well as the latter’s political, social, and economic roots and main characteristics. Most important, he identifies the measures a government must take to prepare its security forces and other institutions of state for an asymmetric conflict.
PETER A. KISS served twenty years in the U.S. Army, where he learned firsthand the tactics of asymmetric warfare as a parachute infantryman and intelligence specialist. Kiss is currently an instructor at the National University of Public Service in Budapest, Hungary, and an independent security consultant. He is the author of numerous articles and essays and two books in Hungarian.
“Peter Kiss has taken a complex issue and provided a readable book using an analytical matrix that provides a great tool to look at common and complex issues in asymmetric warfare. This book should be required reading for all military officers, NCOs, and political personnel in positions of policy making.”—Leonard C. Blevins, Colonel, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired)
“Winning Wars amongst the People is a gem for its thorough analytical and prescriptive framework on how a modern nation state can identity, prepare for, and defeat internal asymmetric (fourth generation) warfare threats within the boundaries imposed by national and international constraints without relying on foreign intervention.”—Alan Davis, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired)