“Insurgencies are easy to make and hard to stop. Only a few ingredients need to combine to create an insurgency; like oxygen and fire, they're very common and mix all too often. The recipe is, simply, a legitimate grievance against a state, a state that refuses to compromise, a quorum of angry people, and access to weapons.”

-- Richard Engel

Soldiers of Battery A, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, observe the impact zone at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany.

"Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation."

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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An understanding of society is integral to the human enterprise of armed conflict. This is why the US military has synthesized its tactics with social science research in post-9/11 operations.

A national catastrophe embroiling Yemen’s neighbors and a microcosm of the problems existing throughout the greater Middle East.

The Case of Rio de Janeiro: Context, Confrontation Issues and Implications for Brazilian Public Security.

Are we witnessing a time when the US is regretting bringing the Baltics into the transatlantic community?     

Culture analysis may be the key that wins wars, not just terminate fighting. This analysis is complex, time consuming, and often not conducted.

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"In December 1967, an American Navy vessel called the Pueblo departed Pearl Harbor, heading for Yokosuka, Japan."

“The military offensive is reminding Kurds how little global powers need them now that the fight against Islamic State is coming to an end.”

"A government watchdog suggested that Congress might want to prohibit the DoD from spending money on Afghan military units whose members sexually abuse children."

"A lack of leadership and a reluctance to move aggressively against potential attackers are responsible for the worst spate of United Nations peacekeeping fatalities."

Over the weekend, Turkish troops launched an aerial and ground assault on American-allied Kurdish militias in Syria. Here is what you need to know.