Great power competition has come to the forefront in the development and implementation of current defense strategies. As traditional lines of warfare have blurred and are part of strategic competition, governments have started to rethink and reformulate responses to asymmetric threats. Counterinsurgency (COIN) is one such response. COIN literature suggests that governments rely on different and, at times, multiple elements of power to achieve their objectives. This report examines the literature’s findings on the use and effectiveness of law enforcement and legal frameworks as a source of power.
Romm, Madeline. 2023. “Government Responses to Asymmetric Threats: The State of the Literature on Counterinsurgency from 2002 to 2022—Legal Approaches.” Global Responses to Asymmetric Threats. College Park, MD: START (August).