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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Our clusterin Out of the Mountains is a serious work of scholarship written by David Kilcullen a serious scholar of modern warfare.

Hardcoverpages. Tne, his concept of competitive control is clever, as governments, local gangs and social networks might have organization, a normative system of rewards and punishments, and communications that overlap in urban neighborhoods and even personnel.

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Future Cities, Future Threats 3. This book is an in depth analysis of current and future urban environments and how security, armies, governments, businesses and illegitimate organizations operate within. Trivia About Out of the Mounta And it is about what cities, communities and ths can do to prepare for a future in which all aspects of human society–including, but not limited to, conflict, crime and violence–are changing at an unprecedented pace.

Out of the Mountains 2. It is incredibly interesting and highlights trends that will change how we view and practice warfare. Living in the Crosshairs David S. But the face of global conflict is ever-changing. 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 author structures his work around the mountwins mega trends of our time, population growth, urbanization, connectivity and littoralization, in conjunction with recent past and current examples, in support of his view on the future of conflicts and of where, why, by whom and how they will likely generate, occur and transpire. Jul 27, Michele rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s not a topic that I would want to study in depth, but I’m glad there are people out there who make it their lives’ work.

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

Kilcullen does present an interesting subject in an educated manner, and his first-hand experience adds credibility to his argument. This is a book about future conflicts and future cities, and about the challenges and opportunities mountain four powerful megatrends–population, urbanization, coastal settlement, and connectedness–are creating across the planet.

It is all laid out here as an excellent primer, especially his explanation of how the Arab Springs in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya unfolded. 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 book has some interesting points, but it seems a but diffuse, thrown-together, and hypothetical. He shows how, for instance, Al Qaeda in Iraq AQI established dominion in Sunni neighborhoods, enforced its will, waged war on government and Shiite entities, but killcullen eclipsed after due to a combination of a foreign troop surge and its own unpopularity among its hosts. These groups may claim turf and adherents but might have tenuous legitimacy or power, something an outside force — say, a US Marine expeditionary force — might not understand.

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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Rather, he stresses the need for co-design of solutions between local populations and outside experts; no more outsiders coming in with their clipboards, od the natives on the head and pushing them out of the way to impose a top-down solution, and no more “ask the locals, they know all” bottoms-up problem-solving.

Academic Skip to main content. Oct 24, Kara rated it liked it Shelves: I recommend this book heartily. The Accidental Guerrilla David Kilcullen. Videos About This Book. It was an enjoyable, fast paced read, filled with Mr. Sep 17, Philip rated it really liked it. 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.

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: It kilcuklen all laid out here as an excellent p Kilcullen givs a good overview of the likely character of warfare in the coming decades. More an overview than an in-depth account, Kilcullen’s latest is, however, packed with ideas.

As Kilcullen rightly noted, the two first drivers are not new as they were already the core of discussion over the 20th century. In his third book, David Kilcullen takes us out of the mountains: A useful primer on a complex and difficult subject.

It can mobilize demonstrators as in the Arab Spring and get help from relatives abroad, he off, but it can also train unskilled soldiers and armorers in tactics and fabrication, as in Libya, or utilize iPhone, Skype and mapping software to direct its new firepower, and get their message out to domestic and world audiences.


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The title is slightly misleading, as ot not simply about guerilla warfare but about modern conflict, which will be, as he shows, mostly urban, but involving populations, accessible technology and social organization like kilfullen before, and far removed from what Mao or Che Guevara knew. Syria is Oxford University Press’s Place of the Year, and to call attention to the sociopolitical turmoil in the country, we present a brief excerpt from Out of the Mountains: When Americans think of modern warfare, what comes to mind is the US army skirmishing with terrorists and insurgents in kilculoen mountains of Afghanistan.

When Americans think of modern warfare, what comes to mind is the US army skirmishing with terrorists and insurgents in the mountains of Afghanistan. The big challenge for designers is to think coastal cities as a system formed of interrelated components. In recent years he has focused on fieldwork to support aid agencies, non-government organizations and local communities in conflict and disaster-affected regions, and on developing new ways to think about complex conflicts in highly networked urban environments.

No worries – Kilcullen’s writing is clear, concise and accessible, and while he uses some academic terminology to explain theories from the varied tge of sociology, public health, military science, economics, political science, etc. Kilcullfn armies will face a real challenge, as is already unfolding in Iraq and Syria! But his 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 kilculldn U.

Quotes from Out of the Mounta Feb 05, Christopher Westman rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was given an electronic copy in return for an honest review.

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Having said that, some parts do get to be tedious reading because of his academic approach, such as his speculations on the scope of future combat in the Appendix. 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!

By looking at four trends: