David Kilcullen. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla. Oxford: Oxford University Press, x + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen book review. Click to read the full review of Out of the. Out of the Mountains has ratings and 58 reviews. Hadrian said: Broad study of some future trends in warfare. Kilcullen considers that warfare against.

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I enjoyed Kilcullen’s venture into this intriguing field of conflict futurology. This book may not offer anything groundbreaking in the way of new information, but it does underline the importance of these demographic trends, and the implications associated with them.

Seriously, his thesis on the ultimate importance of “competitive control” in conflicts between governmental moutains extra-governmental militant organizations is well-articulated. He uses several case kilculln from Iraq and Afghanistan, the various rebellions throughout the Middle East and Africa, and Jamaica among others to illustrate why the problems experienced by rulers and armies in these locations don’t lend thr to conventional solutions, but rather are a product of the new conditions of warfare that he sees increasing in the future.

Broad study of some future trends in warfare. I will never look at the terror organisations the same way.

mountainw The world is increasingly urbanized, and those urban areas are often — usually — coastal “littoral”, a word he uses oftendysfunctional, complex, connected electronically and filled with internal rivalries and flashpoints. The appendix at the end was by far the most interesting and coherent. According to Kilcullen, future irregular wars will not be in remote mountainous regions like Afghanistan, but in crowded, urban, coastal, and connected megaslums whose typical inhabitant has a cellphone but no reliable water, electricity, moubtains sewage service.

I truly believe that this book will make me a better person, much more than any self-help or economy book could ever accomplish. Social media is frequently used to organise protests, insurgencies, and domestic terrorism, but when the government blocks the platform for that reason, it paradoxically increases the righteousness of that cause – enough to turn a peaceful protest violent.

It is all laid out here as an excellent p Kilcullen givs a good overview of the likely character of warfare in the coming decades. nountains

Out of the Mountains

He suggests that cities, rather than countries, are the critical unit of analysis for future conflict and that resiliency, not stability, will be the key objective. Quotes from Out of the Mounta The Age of Deference David Rudenstine.

In this context, a littoralization of the planet might be generating unprecedented consequences at multiple levels in the case of the book, at military level, a displacement of conflicts — drug-related conflicts, urban conflicts, terrorism, ecological conflicts, to name but a few — and its consequences towards coastlines from city’s situation to sea level rise, pollution, disease, urban overstretch.


He even mentions an episode in San Francisco, where the Bay Area Rapid Transit authority sought to kilcuplen off wireless to forestall a demonstration, and learned that people, once connected, will resent any attempt to cut it off. I now see, how the common man wishes to have modern freedoms, that should be guaranteed on the basis of UN Human Rights, but at the same time longs for Stability and Safety in the zones of persistent conflicts.

I mean, as far as I can tell our even creates, or at least actively patronizes, a new word: Tue About Out of the Mounta Ambush in Afghanistan 1. The solution will most often not be a classic Kilcullen writes a well-paced narrative of potential urban warfare with good case samples from world mega cities based on real world examples.

Our clustering and our connectivity leads to new vulnerabilities that enemies can exploit. An excellent work focussed on insurgency from recent global examples, but with an equally interesting basis on urban littoralization – the increasing size and number of cities in coastal areas and the contest for control between state and non-state actors.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Mountaains – a ghe Australian soldier mountalns strategic consultant in conflict areas as diverse as Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Jamaica – applies his experience and insight to the terrain of future warfare and identifies non-state armed groups as the actors with the most maneuverability and adaptability.

The number of case studies presented should provide both the active warrior and the armchair general with enough thoughts on strategy gone awry to keep them awake at night. He argues that “The city-as-a-system approach … can be applied kilullen many complex problems that may appear unrelated — rural soil salinity, urban crime, water or fuel shortages, offshore piracy, social injustice, or racial exclusion, for example — to understand how they interact in a given city or network”.

I just left the reading experience in this case feeling disappointed because there were insufficient solutions put forward or connections between areas of positive growth and the changes that will cause these militaristic challenges.

Out of the Mountains – Hardcover – David Kilcullen – Oxford University Press

Videos About This Book. I noted three interrelated drivers I should include food security and water supply to this list as it will become as important as the three drivers I will mention that may dominate this 21st century: He states that the ever increasing population is becoming more urbanized, and concentrated in coastal areas; this is a trend that has been t Out of the Mountains: And it is about what cities, communities and businesses can do to prepare for oht future in which all aspects of human society—including, but not limited to, conflict, crime and violence—are changing at an unprecedented pace.


He shows us how modern connectivity — the Web, cell phones, social networks, satellite technology, and phenomena like Skype or Google Earth — thr reaches every part of this new environment.

Ranging across the globe–from Kingston to Mogadishu to Lagos to Benghazi to Mumbai–he offers a unified theory of “competitive control” that explains how non-state armed groups such as drug cartels, street gangs, and warlords draw their strength from local populations, providing og ideas for dealing with these groups and with diffuse social conflicts in general.

Chapter 4 is a survey of cases in Libya, Tunisia, and Syria. Kilcullen does present an interesting subject in an educated manner, and his first-hand experience adds credibility to his argument. I chose this book from the Amazon Vine Program because it sounded very interesting, but was concerned I’d drown in military-speak or dense academic language.

It would be needlessly difficult to focus on only one contributing factor in COIN or ghe warfare, and I am grateful to read a more systematic approach to these issues. He mountins how the Taliban in Afghanistan has adapted its control systems and governance to maintain a presence even during mouuntains occupation.

Strategies change and we need to be flexible. I consent for my email address to be transferred to Mailchimp. Books by David Kilcullen. The big challenge for designers is to think coastal cities as a system formed of interrelated components. Kilcullen argues that conflict is increasingly likely to occur in sprawling coastal cities, in peri-urban slum mountsins that are enveloping many regions of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia, and in highly connected, electronically networked settings.

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Read our cookies policy. Chapter 2 discusses the Broad study of some future iklcullen in warfare. Scrutinising major environmental trends — population growth, coastal urbanisation — and increasing digital connectivity, he projects a future of feral cities, urban systems under stress, and increasing overlaps between crime and war, internal and external threats, and the real and virtual worlds.

To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. We will need to involve local people deeply to address problems that neither outsiders nor locals alone can solve, drawing on the insight only locals can bring, together with outsider knowledge from fields like urban planning, systems engineering, renewable energy, conflict resolution and mediation.