From the COIN Vault: An Interview with Peter Godwin


Over at the esteemable Small Wars Journal, I sit down with lauded author Peter Godwin for a discussion on the counter-insurgency lessons-learned from the Rhodesian Bush War. Godwin was a patrolman with the British South Africa Police during the war, and later --as a war correspondent-- played a key role in exposing Robert Mugabe's brutal Matabeleland massacre.His books, Mukiwa and When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, are some of the finest narratives on southern Africa war and politics that I've read. Mukiwa, in particular, lays out simple COIN principles so effectively it should be mandatory reading prior to an Afghanistan or Iraq deployment. Head over to Small Wars Journal to read and discuss.--John Noonan

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