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The Aden pivot? British counter-insurgency after Aden

Dingli, Sophia; Kennedy, Caroline


Sophia Dingli

Caroline Kennedy


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.


Dingli, S., & Kennedy, C. (2014). The Aden pivot? British counter-insurgency after Aden. Civil Wars, 16(1), 86-104.

Online Publication Date May 8, 2014
Publication Date Jan 2, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 15, 2016
Journal Civil wars
Print ISSN 1369-8249
Electronic ISSN 1743-968X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 86-104
Keywords Aden insurgency, British counter-insurgency
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Contract Date Jun 15, 2016


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