Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson is a retired Marine Corps Colonel who has been a civilian advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

There is a popular narrative regarding Somalia that no successful humanitarian operation can be conducted there. Like all narratives, this one exists to tell a complex story in simple terms; as...

The Closers Part VI: Dealing with the U.S. Military by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the Full Article: Dealing with the U.S. Military Many of the civilians who gravitate to counterinsurgency (COIN)...

The Closers Part V: Mentoring Host Nation Interagency Operations by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the Full Article: Mentoring Host Nation Interagency Operations Governments get in trouble when they...

The Closers, Part IV: Civilians in the Build Phase by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the Full Article: Civilians in the Build Phase "You Americans should not leave. Iraqis are incapable of governing...

Let's make something clear, the civil war in Libya will not end in a stalemate. The French will likely intervene with ground forces and topple the Gaddafi regime, and they will probably do it within...

The Closers (Part III): Civilians in the Hold Phase by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the Full Article: Civilians in the Hold Phase The second or "Hold" phase of a counterinsurgency will likely not...