R.I.P. Mr. Charles Wilson, Father of the Taliban
by Major Jeremy Kotkin
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"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." This proverb...
Radical Islamic Terrorism: An Evolving and Enduring Threat
Ramazan is expected to occur July 20 thru August 18, 2012.
Random Thoughts on Irregular Warfare and Security Assistance
by Colonel David Maxwell, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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This paper details the March 2013 takeover of Raqqa by Syrian rebels and the subsequent rebel infighting.
A man, a myth, and a Hollywood epic, Thomas Edward Lawrence has served as a theoretical touchstone for generations of professional soldiers.
Never has it been more important to go beyond simple sound-bites and truly delve into the history and evolution of the Middle East.
The inability of the military to consistently and uniformly articulate readiness makes our political leaders less able to make the decisions necessary to secure our national interests.
If countering VNSAs such as ISIL will be a long-term campaign, we will need long-term goals and objectives.
The Obama administration reversed the policies of its predecessor, and established a counterterrorism strategy that appears to exactly mirror the European model. In a world of economic and...
Realism, Idealism, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Islamic World
Why Democratic Realpolitik is Essential
by Dr. Robert J. Bunker
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The five cases examined in this study show that a long-term solution must be aimed at preventing self-radicalization in the first place.
An interview with Janine Davidson.
Command of the Air
Rebooting the Discussion of Air Power and Small Wars
review essay by Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong
Small Wars Journal
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Rebuilding the Force:
Unconventional Advisory Forces in Counterinsurgency
by Patrick James Christian
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The United States Military strategy is in the...
Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 16: Recent Santa Muerte Spiritual Conflict Trends
Good pilots make me sick with envy. They guide their craft with the skill and subtle controls of a mounted rodeo champion or classic violinist.
Reconceptualizing State Building in Africa (I):
Non-State Systems, Decentralization and Refounding African Statehood
by Mark Massey Jr.
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Reconceptualizing State Building in Africa (II):
The Unbearable Lightness of Governing: Over-Centralized and Decentralized Governance
by Mark Massey, Jr.
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Reconceptualizing State Building in Africa (III)
Below and Beyond the State: Incorporating Non-State Systems to Build Stronger States
by Mark Massey
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Reconceptualizing State Building In Africa (IV):
Lessons for State Building
by Mark Massey Jr.
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This series has argued for a...
This article suggests that a new definition of religion is necessary to properly conceptualize and develop policy in response to violent religious behaviors.
Andrew Attar considers how operational design can improve success in Phase IV stability operations.
Andrew Attar adds to his March article on the operational approach to stability operations.
Reconstruction in South Baghdad
by Captain Steve McGregor, Small Wars Journal
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Humanitarian aid is increasingly becoming more important to US...
Recruiting, Development, and Retention
of Cyber Warriors Despite an Inhospitable Culture
by Lieutenant Colonel Gregory
Conti and Lieutenant Colonel Jen Easterly
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The Darbha attack was a reminder of why the Maoist insurgency has repeatedly been called India’s biggest internal security challenge. This paper is an attempt to understand this very...
Contrary to what the subtitle says you will not learn to “think like the enemy” by reading the book Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy by Micah Zenko.
A red team assessment of Syrian prospects for counterinsurgency written in December of 2015. It is a blueprint for Syrian military, economic, and political success in the coming years.
This article presents a red team exercise that posits requirements for an Afghan Taliban victory in Afghanistan over a 5-year timeline.
Like any other organization, NATO has made mistakes. What is crucial is that the Alliance recognizes what went wrong and why, thus preventing these same mistakes in the future.
Rediscovering the Art of Psychological Operations in the Afghan Counterinsurgency
by Russell Hampsey
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Redress of Professional Military Education:
The Clarion Call
by Colonel Charles D. Allen
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GO-1X represents an incomplete understanding of Islamic cultural values, provides marginal operational utility, persists in multiple conflicting versions, and suffers from inconsistent application.
Reexamination of a Quintessential Joint Force Operation Case Study: Urgent Fury
by Thomas Bundt
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Not an Intifada: Reexamining “War” Amongst Israelis and Palestinians