What we know about counter-insurgency may even be less than we think. There is a debate about whether what we know is driven largely by the few cases of supposed success that we study. For the key post, see Henry Farrell. He links to a special issue of Politics and Society edited by Daniel Branch and Elisabeth Jean Wood. Guess I have some reading to do when I get back from Australia.
Speaking of which, while the home is guarded by dog, cat and family, I will be out of town for about two weeks. I will eventually be able to post about my experiences in Australia and New Zealand, but I am likely not to be posting from Thursday to Saturday as it is an amazing long flight.