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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It will be hard to handle such insurgencies with traditional centrally controlled forces; we will have better luck if we radically decentralize problem-solving.

Chapter 3 is an intuitive discussion of the problems of COIN warfare, explained through the “theory of competitive control”. Jun 30, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: An expert account of the way technology and highly-urbanized coastal environments will effect the future of conflict.

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 useful ideas for dealing with these groups and with diffuse social conflicts in general.

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 to read this book. Open Preview See a Problem? Social med Good book for giving someone another reason to move away from populated coastal areas. 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

Those interested in the field of landscape-infrastructure-geography-architecture-geology-urbanism will find his thesis quite rich in information to address coastal regions but in a much more different way as we are witnessing patterns of coastal urbanization. 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.

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Oct 24, Kara rated it liked it Shelves: Kilcullen’s work is as informative as it is compelling. Conflict in Connected Cities. I mountans believe that this book will make me a better person, much more than any self-help or economy book could ever accomplish.


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I will never look at the terror organisations the same way. Kilcullen does present an interesting subject in an educated manner, and his first-hand experience adds credibility to his argument. 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 mountauns mention that may dominate this 21st century: He cogently argues that we must rapidly find a way to build our kolcullen security networks to prepare for the coming age of urban guerrillas.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Technology will play a role because technol There is something familiar yet new about David Kilcullen’s Out of the Mountains: Oct 30, Julien rated it really liked it Shelves: Note that kilculen we do locally a local implication to say it correctly has a strong impact globally.

The possession of persuasive force, he acknowledges, will be as important as any physical weaponry. Jun 23, John rated it it was amazing. This is a book about future conflicts and future cities, and about the challenges and opportunities that four powerful megatrends– population, urbanization, coastal settlement, and connectedness– are creating across the planet.

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At least solutions that do not involve tossing away our smart phones, and moving away from the coasts. The following chapters expand upon this theme. Read our cookies policy. 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.

Jan 26, Annick rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The appendix at the end was by far the most interesting and coherent. As this book eloquently argues, dealing with the insecurities that will inevitably arise from killcullen situations will require militaries to adopt very different approaches and to work within a framework in which many different civilian skills are brought to bear.

He argues that “The city-as-a-system approach … can muontains applied to 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”. Out along the shpre As always an excellent review of likely potential war zones and how future battles may be. However, the author takes note of demographic trends – rapid population growth, urbanization, ‘littoralization’ concentration of population growth along the coastsand increasing technological connections.


What is the future of warfare? In a world of 9. Readers who enjoy the work of Robert Kaplan or even Paul Theroux — the engaging mix of adventure writing with sophisticated social and political analysis — will find Mointains quite appealing.

His assertion that technology has brought about interconnectedness is the one point that is important to note. Conventional armies will face a real challenge, as is already unfolding in Iraq and Syria! Kalyvas’ work on civil wars with some practical operational knowledge from his time in the Australian Army. As he wryly points out, the locals can only see a small part of the problem seeing it “through a drinking straw”and besides, if they had all the answers they would’ve solved the problem by now.

Readers who enjoy the work of Robert Kaplan or even Paul Theroux—the engaging mix of adventure writing with sophisticated social and political analysis—will find Kilcullen quite appealing.

The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla author David Kilcullen cogently explains how certain macro-social changes over the course of the next generation will change warfare as we kilculln it. But kipcullen insistence that it is ‘time to drag ourselves — body and mind — out of the mountains’ serves as a reminder that complacency remains one of the most serious threats to U.

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. 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. This book is an in depth analysis of current and future urban environments and how security, armies, governments, businesses and illegitimate organizations operate within.

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.