Lawrence Chickering

A. Lawrence Chickering is a social entrepreneur and writer who designs and implements civil society strategies in public policy.  He is founder and President of Educate Girls Globally (EGG), which has developed a powerful program for promoting girls’ education and empowering traditional communities by reforming government schools, partnering with the government of the very tribal state of Rajasthan in India.  He has concentrated his recent writing on the uses of civil society in foreign policy and, more specifically, in counterinsurgency warfare.  He is coauthor of Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security (2006).  His other, great interest is conflict management and the search for a transpartisan politics.  He has written two books on that subject: Beyond Left and Right (1993) and (with James S. Turner) Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life (2008).  He is a regular contributor to the SWJ.

The challenge presented by competing forms of centralization may have become clearer in the wake of the Arab Spring, especially in comparing events in Egypt and Libya. 

Overcoming apathy through empowerment is the key to success in Afghanistan

Challenges Ahead in the Middle East by A. Lawrence Chickering Download the Full Article: Challenges Ahead in the Middle East Two decades ago, flying with a friend over Cairo's City of the...

The New Physics: Key to Strengthening COIN by A. Lawrence Chickering Download The Full Article: The New Physics: Key to Strengthening COIN In a series of short reflections, Tom Ricks neatly...

Civil Society and Counterinsurgency-- II: Recruiting Citizen Armies for COIN by A. Lawrence Chickering Download the Full Article: Civil Society and CounterInsurgency II This paper will...

Civil Society and Counterinsurgency by A. Lawrence Chickering Download the Full Article: Civil Society and Counterinsurgency Since the end of the Cold War—and especially since 9/11...