The Republic of the Philippines has seen civil unrest, insurgencies and separatism movements ever since independence in 1946. Endemic corruption, human rights violations, ethnic strife and a shaky economy have fuelled wars that have been raging on and off for almost 70 years. Against this backdrop the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been increasingly underfunded, and have to make do with obsolete planes, ships, light armoured vehicles, and artillery dating back to World War II. Richly illustrated with exclusive and unique photographs, artworks and maps, Counterinsurgency in Paradise provides a unique source of reference about the often forgotten, if not ignored conflicts in the Philippines since 1945.
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