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Unformatted text preview: Jaspar Casey Week 9. Asymmetric Warfare and Ethno-nationalism Asymmetric warfare (or irregular warfare ) is a term used to describe a situation in which a weak actor utilises its specific advantages against a much stronger entity that the weaker actor could not compete with in a conventional war situation. Examples of these actors include terrorist organisations, guerilla fighters, and insurgencies. Differences to conventional warfare The 'asymmetric' aspect of the term generally refers to the different approaches to equipment, training, and doctrine, rather than necessarily the actual size of the states involved. (Kiras, 166) I nsurgency is difficult to define, because in the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, all opposition force that the coalition is facing are given the title insurgents by the media. James D. Kiras argues that a clear difference between insurgents and terrorists is that the actions of terrorists are designed to raise political awareness, whereas the actions of insurgents are aimed more at achieving...
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