Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) Project

Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) Project (Via On Resistances, Revolutions, and Insurgencies): The purpose of the ARIS studies is to produce professional academic research material that will provide a foundation of common understanding on the topic of insurgency and revolution.

The purpose of the ARIS studies is to produce professional academic research material that will provide a foundation of common understanding on the topic of insurgency and revolution.  This foundation will allow users to distill vast amounts of material from a wide array of campaigns and extract relevant lessons thereby enabling the development of future doctrine, professional education and training across all of the armed services.

The objectives of the ARIS studies are: 

  • To explore current strategies of revolutions and insurgencies to identify emerging trends in operational designs and patterns.
  • Examine the general characteristics of revolutionary movements and insurgencies with an emphasis on the unique adaptations of specific organizations to overcome the challenges of their respective geographic and sociological environments.
  • Analyze the successful and unsuccessful non-kinetic and kinetic lines of operations.  This effort will aid the user in developing a more comprehensive appreciation and understanding of the less familiar aspects of insurgent and revolutionary strategies and the role they play in contributing to the organizations’ desired end state.

The first product of this project is the Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare, Volume II 1962 - 2009.

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Has ARIS gotten off the ground? I have been working on a concept for the last five years I consider the future of COIN. I am interested in participating in this ARIS project. Although COIN may be re-coined (pardon the pun) with catchy terms and the tactics adapt to technology and response, the basic concepts and origins remain the same. Ergo, the real solutions (despite the dollar-drunken,cycloptic strategy of throwing money,men and material at a threat - smashing a fly on our own forehead with a sledgehammer) remain the same,