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Fighting Transnational Insurgents: the South African Defence Force in Namibia, 1966-1989
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, War Studies Division. Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5843-3878
2014 (English)In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, ISSN 1057-610X, E-ISSN 1521-0731, Vol. 37, no 12, 1024-1038 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Transnational insurgents are a common feature of contemporary wars, but research on how to address this problem is still scarce. This article examines the South African Defence Force's (SADF) counterinsurgency against Namibian transnational insurgents. It concludes that the South African forces focused a large amount of their efforts outside the borders of Namibia. Highly coercive operations in Angola and Zambia created the space for hearts and minds activities in Namibia, as well as forcing neighboring states to end their support for the insurgents. Although the war in Namibia is somewhat different from contemporary wars, SADF's cross-border strategy gives us some important insights into the regional dynamics of civil wars.

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2014. Vol. 37, no 12, 1024-1038 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5120DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2014.962440OAI: diva2:777601
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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