The Aden Pivot? British counter-insurgency after Aden

Dingli, S. and Kennedy, C. (2014) The Aden Pivot? British counter-insurgency after Aden. Civil Wars, 16(1), pp. 86-104. (doi: 10.1080/13698249.2014.904987)

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This article argues that the Aden Insurgency was a pivotal moment in the history of British counter-insurgency. We argue that it was in Aden where the newfound strength of human rights discourse, embodied in Amnesty International, and of anti-colonial sentiment, expressed by the UN General Assembly, forced the British government to pay attention to public perceptions of colonial brutality. Using archival sources, we foreground three episodes in the history of the insurgency to support our argument and to illustrate that the changes witnessed were not the result of ‘learning’ but of a fundamental shift in the international environment.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dingli, Dr Sophia
Authors: Dingli, S., and Kennedy, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Civil Wars
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1743-968X
Published Online:08 May 2014
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Civil Wars 16(1):86-104
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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