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 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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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
Rebooting the Discussion of Air Power and Small Wars...
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
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...
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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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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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
Author argues that the MDMP is burdened by linear procedures that do not reflect natural cognitive processes and proposes an alternative model based on six concurrently developed components derived...
An interview with Daniel R. Green, who served at the PRT in Uruzgan in 2005-2006 and in Kabul from 2009-2010.
Reflections on Algeria's Islamist Experiences, Past and Present
by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN
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Reflections on Clausewitz and Jomini: A Discussion on Theory, MDMP, and Design in the Post OIF Army
by Christopher Otero
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The new U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine, "Insurgency and Countering Insurgencies" has some good things to offer but also has several flaws.
Reflections on the "Counterinsurgency Decade": Small Wars Journal Interview with General David H. Petraeus.
Reflections on the Continuities in War and Warfare: SWJ Discussion with Major General H.R. McMaster
Reflections on the French School of Counter-Rebellion:
An Interview with Etienne de Durand
by Octavian Manea
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The officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and the civil unrest that followed has brought the issue of the increased “militarization” of American law enforcement to the fore.
Together with Tony Koltz General Zinni co-authored the just released book “Before the First Shots are Fired. How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield”.
As we look back on the third anniversary of the death of Qaddafi it is impossible to argue with the President’s self-assessment that his greatest foreign policy error was made in Libya.