Over the last 15 years of savage war, counterinsurgents have missed a trick. Rebels, insurgents and even terrorists like Islamic State have instinctively understood that justice and courts are where the rubber of power meets the road of the people. Rebel Courts not only outlines how insurgents gain a grip on societies, it looks at what counterinsurgents can do to stop them.
In fifteen years as a military intelligence officer, Frank Ledwidge served front line operational tours in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq - the latter as head of one of the joint-service multinational teams failing to find WMD. He was subsequently selected to head his service specialisation for two years. He is a graduate of the Joint Service Command and Staff College and has worked closely with US and other NATO forces including taking and passing the US Marine Counter-intelligence Course. He retired from the service in early 2009.
In his civilian life he is a...
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