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Title: Policing : the unspoken element of irregular warfare
Author: Carlucci, Pascal
ISNI:       0000 0004 8499 9818
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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The recent wars in Iraq (2003-2011) and Afghanistan (2001-present) have revived the study on irregular warfare within the wider debate on the changing character of warfare. Moreover, the terrorist attacks carried out in Europe in (2015-2017) have urged a reflection on the link between the 'war on terror' and the domestic security. The academic discussion on these issues has overlooked policing as an element in irregular wars and how its contribution is critical during these type of violent conflict. This thesis addresses this gap in literature by conducting three historical analyses on Italian military history in order to identify key characteristics of the role of police forces during irregular wars. This study is grounded on archival research on military and police operations during: Brigantaggio (1861-1870), The War of Resistance during World War II (1943-1945) and the fight against the Red Brigades (1970-1982). The thread that unites these three case studies is the operational history of the Arma dei Carabinieri, the Italian police force with military status who has recently conducted stability operations in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. This research shows how overlooked aspects of military history can contribute to the current debate on irregular warfare and, by concentrating on gaining influence and legitimacy over the population, policing is a critical factor in this type of war.
Supervisor: Chin, Warren Anthony ; Philpott, William James Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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