Multi-national corporations--particularly from the extractive sector with long project life cycles, access to capital, and attractive return on investment--could act as a new phase in civil-...
Adapting to the Realities of Modern Counterinsurgency
by Thomas Donnelly and Gary J. Schmitt, Small Wars Journal
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It is evident that there is still a long way to go before the practice of child recruitment into the armed forces is fully eradicated from the country.
Nagl and Gentile are Both Right
So What Do We Do Now?
by Robert Haddick, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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Soldier efficiency should be a cornerstone of capabilities development in the Army. The importance of Soldier efficiency will only grow as a smaller segment of society serves in uniform.
The French Army´s Failed Counterinsurgency Effort
Narco-Armor in Mexico
by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus
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Known alternatively as "narco-tanks" (narcotanques), "Rhino...
Transnational crime and its associated transnational illicit networks pose a challenge to sovereignty and governance by fostering corruption and impunity.
This essay focuses on a set of highly advanced technological inventions used for transporting and delivering narcotics.
The explosive effects of rumors in Syria and insurgenceis around the world.
Fit the operation to the narrative, not the narrative to the operation.
Those of us focused on the narrative battle are pretty much in agreement about one thing: we are losing. We are losing badly.
Time now for a return to the basics if the organization is to endure well into the current century.
NATO’s Post ISAF Challenges and the Danger of a Hollow Alliance: SWJ Interview with Dr. Andrew A. Michta
Needed: An Exorcism in Kandahar
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It is said that President Obama is looking for a proof of concept for General McChrystal's...
Negotiating with the Taliban:
Lessons from Vietnam
by Franz-Stefan Gady
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Despite many critical voices of the overuse of the Vietnam War metaphor...
Negotiation: By, With, and Through the Afghan People
by Tim Mathews
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Opinion polls in Afghanistan cover issues as diverse as the legitimacy of the Karzai regime, the use of suicide attacks, the appropriateness of female education, and the adequacy of the health...
A review of the use of new media in recent insurgencies.
New Potentials for Provincial Reconstruction Teams
by Commander Michael Hallett, Small Wars Journal
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The promulgation of the...
New Thinking on a 'New Deal' for Post-Conflict Countries?
by Greg Mills & Terence McNamee
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Is there really anything new under the sun?
The recent success of the Nigerian government and the international coalition in the fight against Boko Haram is a welcome development.
Nine Years After 9/11:
Assessing the War on Terror
by Colonel Joseph J. Collins
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It has been nine years since terrorists struck the United States in...
It is a tenet of our system of justice that the punishment should fit the crime.
There is a growing consensus that the United States should not engage in another major land war in Asia or Africa, a view encapsulated in the catchphrase “no more boots on the ground.”
No, Really: Is the US Military Cut
Out For Courageous Restraint?
by Jason Lemieux
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Really: Is the US Military Cut Out For Courageous Restraint?
The once-praised concept known as population-centric counterinsurgency, typically abbreviated simply as "COIN", has fallen on hard times.
The overall purpose of this paper is to scrutinize the contemporary hybrid warfare employed by Russia in Ukraine and determine which elements have been most critical for Russia’s success.
War is nonlinear. The implications of this statement should shape our understanding of war’s nature, and the role of its unpredictability in our planning process.
Regular contributor Octavian Manea interviews Srdja Popovic, Serbian non-violent activist, on strategies of non-violent resistance.
Northern Mali Conflict 2012: How Algerian Militants Transformed into an Al-Qaeda Affiliate and Penetrated an Ethnic Cleavage to Remain Relevant.
Not Just a Job, an Adventure:
Drafting the U.S. Civil Service for Counterinsurgencies
by Michael A. Clauser
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Not So Fast, Amigas y Amigos
by Colonel Robert Killebrew, Small Wars Journal
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The United States has always had mixed feelings about our...
Observations from a month-long secondment in Afghanistan with DCOMISAF.
American decision makers chose to fight to a high-consumption and high-cost war through conventional means rather than employing the unparalleled power of nuclear technology.