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COIN: Counterinsurgency for U.S. Government Policy Makers: A Work in Progress

Author: United States Department of State
October 1, 2007



This Interim Guide focuses specifically on insurgency and the strategies and tactics to combat it, collectively known as counterinsurgency (COIN). Information, including intelligence; economic development, incentives, and sanctions; security and public services; and social and political resolution are all necessary components of COIN, and none is sufficient in isolation from the others; moreover, each of these four spheres depends on the others. This document is intended to provide a broad understanding of the characteristics of COIN, and to serve as a basis for interagency discussion of policy, programs, and the development of national capabilities relevant to COIN.

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