Tagged: divisive operations

Kyiv Post: Ukraine’s secret weapon

Ukraine has a secret weapon that it can deploy to defend itself against Russian aggression and subversion, and to deter further Russian hybrid hostilities against other countries. I discuss “Ukraine’s Secret Weapon” in a guest piece published April 7 in the Kyiv Post. Here’s the text: Like no other country, non-aligned Ukraine has an untapped capability to defend itself against...

Captured FARC messages show success of divisive operations

Internal emails of the Colombian FARC leadership show the guerrilla organization to be plagued by divisions, poor discipline, weakened command, and distrust among commanders. Colombia’s increasingly sophisticated counterinsurgency strategy of the past few years, and strong US support, are cited with exacerbating divisions within the FARC. The news also shows the effectiveness of the Colombian military and police with exploiting...

Attacking NATO where it has no defense

Russia’s successful subversion and partition of Ukraine can be replicated inside NATO countries without triggering the collective defense provisions of Article 5 of the Alliance’s treaty. We commented on this in a recent piece titled “Against All Odds: Why Putin is Winning.” In that article, we noted a concern by Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of experts on nationalities...

Case studies in divisive operations

Case Studies This page contains links to instances of divisive operations, to provide descriptions of how they actually worked (or failed to work).   Trust Operation (False anti-Bolshevik movement to lure opponents, including sleeper cells and exiles, in order to wipe them out, 1921-27) Bailey, Geoffrey [Pseud.], The Conspirators (New York: Harper, 1960. London: Gollancz, 1961). This book is under-appreciated...

Divisive operations videos contain valuable lessons

Here is a selection of short videos to show how effectively divisive operations can work in successful counterinsurgency. The videos to divide the FARC insurgents in Colombia proved to be effective in prompting FARC combatants to desert, and in involving the national population in an uplifting manner. The operation empowered the ordinary Colombian to play a role against the FARC....

Ahmadinejad threatens mutual destruction against the ayatollahs

This is IranChannel’s exclusive English translation of the April 17, 2011 article in Dolateyar.ir, a website controlled by the Ahmadinejad faction, in which the Iranian president threatens his opponents inside the Islamic Republic leadership, and references the resignation of Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi. The original article in Persian was taken down from the Web after Supreme Leader Khamenei reinstated Moslehi,...

Time is ripe to give the Iranian regime a push

In the life cycle of a regime, the leadership starts devouring itself when it believes its end is near. It becomes intolerant of dissent, especially within its own ranks. Factions point fingers of blame at one another. Each faction tries to portray itself as ideologically pure, and its rivals as dangerous deviants. Each faction airs the dirty laundry of the...