Small Wars Journal

This Week at War # 5

SWJ's 5th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Will civilians take back America's foreign policy? - The military and the media - two scorpions in a bottle? - New books:

David Kilcullen is the author of The Accidental Guerilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. In his new book, Kilcullen attempts to disentangle the global "war on terror" from the array of small wars that originate from unique local circumstances. Kilcullen is a retired Australian army officer, holds a Ph.D., and was a top adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Baghdad and to the U.S. State Department. He is also one of the most popular contributors to Small Wars Journal, which collected his writings here.

Thomas P.M. Barnett, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and an advisor to the U.S. government, has authored Great Powers: America and the World After Bush. In this book, Barnett attempts to get his audience to consider what America's grand strategy should be, taking into account not only U.S. military and economic power, but also America's cultural reach and the influence it has had over the past century. Barnett discussed his new book in this Small Wars Journal interview.