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Uploaded on Apr 25, 2013
Col. Gian Gentile and John Nagl present sharply diverging views on the future of counterinsurgency during a debate sponsored by Grinnell College's Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.
Gentile is professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and a prominent critic of the U.S. military's use of counterinsurgency.
John Nagl, nonresident fellow at the Center for a New American Security and professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, literally wrote the book on U.S. counterinsurgency. His "Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam" influenced counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan, a strategy The New York Times called "the troop-heavy, time-intensive, expensive doctrine of trying to win over the locals by building roads, schools, and government."