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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In Out of the Mountains: The possession of persuasive force, he acknowledges, will be as important as any physical weaponry.

Out of the Mountains – David Kilcullen

Feb 14, T. Iran has shown how easy it is to shut down social media and the internet in order to leave revolutionary populations in the dark ages.

It will be hard to handle such insurgencies with traditional centrally controlled forces; we will have better luck if we radically decentralize problem-solving. Kilcullen’s approach combines theoretical readings rhe. Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen’s fieldwork in supporting aid agencies, non-government organizations, and local communities in conflict and disaster-affected regions, has taken him from the mountains of Afghanistan to the cities of Syria.

Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

The use of tech In the military we were always being taught to train for the next war. My only quibble is that mountaons tends to approach the issues with with a military mindset, or with an emphasis on military tools.

The number of case studies presented should provide both the active warrior and the armchair general with enough thoughts on strategy gone awry to outt them oout at night. He noted that in “, 80 percent of people on the planet lived within sixty miles of the sea, while 75 percent of large cities were on a coast.

It is well worth following him there. Trivia About Out of the Mounta I oug, as far as I can tell he even creates, or at least actively patronizes, a new word: Kilcullen points out that we are becoming more clustered in our coastal cities.

Penned by one of the preeminent military intelligentsia authors of our time, this work stands as well today in predicting the future of our world and the conflict it will likely encounter as it did upon publication. In Out of the Mountains, David Kilcullen, one of the world’s leading experts on current and future conflict, offers a groundbreaking look at what may happen after today’s wars end.


Young and John Peterson. It was an exciting read.

There is something familiar yet new about David Kilcullen’s Out of the Mountains: 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. Jun 30, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Out of the Mountains The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla David Kilcullen Author is one of the world’s leading authorities on counterinsurgency Central argument of the book is based in both scholarly research and first-hand experience Offers a compelling case on the spread of urban warfare in coastal cities across the world, representing the future of conflict.

A lot of the observations are of the “obvious if you live in a city” sort of thing, but the way Kilcullen takes those observations and constructs an actionable theory of military and police action is pretty damn beautiful. I was very lucky and was able to read a free copy won in a Goodreads Giveaway, for your information. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Lots of it isn’t moutains new, especially the urban theory and the overall demographics used to underpin the book’s main thesis. A bit more academic then his last book but still a good read. Good book for giving someone another reason to move away from populated coastal areas. It is incredibly interesting and highlights trends that will change how we view and practice warfare.

Anyone who has responsibilities for international security or who cares about the future of governance in an increasingly over-crowded and resource-stressed world needs od read this book. David Kilcullen now shows us how mountaains acts.


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The appendix at the end was by far the most interesting and coherent. This deeply researched and compellingly argued book provides an invaluable roadmap to a future that will increasingly be crowded, urban, coastal, connected—and dangerous.

The appendix is where the technical meat is, and it’s quite fascinating. I see now more than ever how social segregation and extreme poverty are fertile soil for Mafias or similar organisations to start competing with the State that fails to guarantee the desired standard of living again, safety!

David Kilcullen is the author of the highly acclaimed The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency.

Future Cities, Future Threats 3. Anyone interested in the future of COIN operations and warfare in the near future should consider picking up a copy of this book.

Anybody in urban planning, military science, economics, sociology, technology applications, and, just maybe, regional or national politics, would do well to study it.

Lists with This Book. I’m not sure I totally buy the mountsins. I was impressed with the argument itself, but if we accept Kilcullen’s argument that all four of the above mentioned factors play a role in future of war, what do we do about it? But his insistence that it is ‘time to drag ourselves — mountais and mind — out of the mountains’ serves as a reminder that complacency remains one of the most serious threats to U.

Kilcullen poses fo evolve over time. Note that what we do locally a local implication to say it correctly has a strong impact globally.

Chapter 4 is a survey of cases in Libya, Tunisia, and Syria. In a world of 9. 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. Academic Skip to main content. Archtypical battles include the terrorist raid in Mumbai, the Battle of the Black Sea in Mogadishu, and an attempt by the Jamaican military to oust a criminal drug gang from a district in Kingston.