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ISBN: 0199930317
Author: Ganesh Sitaraman
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 6, 2012)
Pages: 352
Category: Foreign & International Law
Subcategory: Law
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The Counterinsurgent's Constitution tackles this wide range of legal issues from the vantage point of counterinsurgency strategy.

The Counterinsurgent's Constitution tackles this wide range of legal issues from the vantage point of counterinsurgency strategy. Ganesh Sitaraman explains why law matters in counterinsurgency: how it operates on the ground and how law and counterinsurgency strategy can be better integrated. Counterinsurgency, Sitaraman notes, focuses on winning over the population, providing essential services, building political and legal institutions, and fostering economic development

Ganesh Sitaraman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School.

Ganesh Sitaraman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School.

The Counterinsurgent's Constitution provides a frame around what is occurring today in Iraq and Afghanistan. Understanding the concept of small wars and the role of international law in those wars is critical to comprehending our country's foreign policy and global strategies. The book's ambition matches its timeliness.

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Professor Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt University Law School delivers the 2013 Palmer Prize lecture on his award-winning book, The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars. Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy. Susan N. Herman, Brooklyn Law School professor and ACLU president, delivers the 2012 Palmer Prize lecture based on her award-winning book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy. Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times.

The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, Oxford University Press (2012).

Ganesh Sitaraman is chancellor’s faculty fellow, professor of law . Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017, and The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, which won the 2013 Palmer Prize for Civil Liberties.

Ganesh Sitaraman is chancellor’s faculty fellow, professor of law, and director of the Program on Law and Government at Vanderbilt University Law School. He is the author of The Crisis of The Middle-Class Constitution, one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017, and The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, which won the 2013 Palmer Prize for Civil Liberties. Image: Michelle Friswell.

GANESH SITARAMAN is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and a senior fellow at the Center for . The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, which won the 2013 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

GANESH SITARAMAN is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has been a longtime advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, serving as her policy director and senior counsel.

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Since the "surge" in Iraq in 2006, counterinsurgency effectively became America's dominant approach for fighting wars. Yet many of the major controversies and debates surrounding counterinsurgency have turned not on military questions but on legal ones: Who can the military attack with drones? Is the occupation of Iraq legitimate? What tradeoffs should the military make between self-protection and civilian casualties? What is the right framework for negotiating with the Taliban? How can we build the rule of law in Afghanistan? The Counterinsurgent's Constitution tackles this wide range of legal issues from the vantage point of counterinsurgency strategy. Ganesh Sitaraman explains why law matters in counterinsurgency: how it operates on the ground and how law and counterinsurgency strategy can be better integrated. Counterinsurgency, Sitaraman notes, focuses on winning over the population, providing essential services, building political and legal institutions, and fostering economic development. So, unlike in conventional war, where law places humanitarian restraints on combat, law and counterinsurgency are well aligned and reinforce one another. Indeed, following the law and building the rule of law is not just the right thing to do, it is strategically beneficial. Moreover, reconciliation with enemies can both help to end the conflict and preserve the possibility of justice for war crimes. Following the rule of law is an important element of success. The first book on law and counterinsurgency strategy, The Counterinsurgent's Constitution seamlessly integrates law and military strategy to illuminate some of the most pressing issues in warfare and the transition from war to peace. Its lessons also apply to conflicts in Libya and other hot-spots in the Middle East.

Comments:

Rare
The Counterinsurgent's Constitution has changed the way I read the newspaper. In addition to conventional war reporting, I now want to know where efforts to rebuild the country stand: not just concrete physical development, like roads, but also how courtrooms are functioning and whether rule of law is more broadly accepted by citizens of the country.

Ganesh Sitaraman makes the case that fundamental democratic principles are the true extinguisher of terrorism. While plopping down the US Constitution in Afghanistan isn't going to work, neither is shoddy justice which wins the allegiance of no one. Sitaraman provides an astonishingly concrete series of examples of how to accomplish progress under the conditions of war.

Sitaraman's framework for evaluating progress will doubtless spawn articles and academic papers as his ideas are applied to war zones past and present. If fully incorporated into our thinking about foreign affairs, it could revolutionize our priorities abroad and make our efforts infinitely more effective.

If you have any interest in international relations, this is the must read book of 2013.
Ral
A very insightful cross-disciplinary look into the state of modern warfare. Sitaraman has a clean and engaging style that makes the book easy to read even for those not versed in law or political theory.
Agrainel
Much like his fellow Harvard Law Review editor Barack H. Obama Jr., Mr. Sitaraman has rapidly achieved prominence as an expert on constitutional law. While there is much literature about the practices of counterinsurgency learned from the Malayan Emergency, the Mau Mau Rebellion, and other historical conflicts, this is apparently the first book written with respect to the intersection of law and counterinsurgency warfare. Part I describes the laws of warfare, and how such traditional rules do not mesh well with today's small wars of counterinsurgency. Part II describes the transition from war to peace in a counterinsurgency campaign, including the building of the rule of law. An especially interesting and timely focus of the book is on "lawfare," which is the use of law itself as an instrument of war to damage an opponent, via transitional justice programs (truth and reconciliation commissions, war crime prosecutions, etc.). Part III provides an organic approach to providing the rule of law and the reconstruction of order. This book is recommended for anyone who is interested at a general level in law and the current events in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the book's ample endnotes serve as a useful reference for additional research.
Mazuzahn
Ganesh Sitaraman is a genius. This is the new new thing in geopolitical law and we are lucky it is in his wheelhouse. Thank you for tackling this difficult and complex topic.

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