In the paper I examine the tradeoffs typical of counterinsurgency warfare. I argue that counterinsurgency involves three main goals, but in real practice a counterinsurgent needs to choose two out of three. The impossible trilemma in counterinsurgency is that, in this type of conflict, it is impossible to simultaneously achieve: 1) force protection, 2) distinction between enemy combatants and noncombatants, and 3) the physical elimination of insurgents

Counterinsurgency's Impossible Trilemma

ZAMBERNARDI, LORENZO
2010

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In the paper I examine the tradeoffs typical of counterinsurgency warfare. I argue that counterinsurgency involves three main goals, but in real practice a counterinsurgent needs to choose two out of three. The impossible trilemma in counterinsurgency is that, in this type of conflict, it is impossible to simultaneously achieve: 1) force protection, 2) distinction between enemy combatants and noncombatants, and 3) the physical elimination of insurgents
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