The communist Afghan Army was established with traditions and a structure that dated back to the 1800s. It also inherited a healthy society, and a government with functioning institutions.
A Tale of Two Countries
Counterinsurgency and Capacity Building in the Pacific
by Dr. Russell W. Glenn, Small Wars Journal
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It is sometimes said that "Small...
A Tale of Two Design Efforts (and why they both failed in Afghanistan)
by Grant Martin
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Trying to be a "good neighbor" to the Afghans
Together the tribe bears the burdens of war, while the American Soldier reflects in solitude, wondering who he truly is and how he can ever belong.
Unrest in Iran:
A Test Case for Counterinsurgency Theory
by Dr. Dan G. Cox
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Recent events in Iran involving the questionable...
A Theoretical Exploration of Lawrence of Arabia's Inner Meanings on Guerrilla Warfare
by Basil Aboul-Enein and Youssef Aboul-Enein
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A Theory of Dark Network Design (Part One)
by Ian S. Davis, Carrie L. Worth, and Douglas W. Zimmerman
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A Theory of Dark Network Design (Part Two):
Type-I Dark Network: Opportunistic-Mechanical
by Ian S. Davis, Carrie L. Worth, and Douglas W. Zimmerman
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A Third COIN Course of Action
A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq
SWJ Book Review by Lieutenant Colonel Adam Strickland
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A Third Way in Afghanistan
by Colonel Gary Anderson
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When Ralph Peters of the New York Post and the editor of the New York Times actually agree on...
Varying cases of foreign fighter have shed light on some of the incentives that have driven these individuals to take action and travel to the region.
A Timely Lesson from the Korean War
by Lee Lacy
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The recent removal of General Stanley McChrystal by President Barack Obama as NATO...
Critiquing the Critique of British COIN
Interview with Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
A View of Irregular Warfare
A Work in Progress (Draft)
by Colonel Daniel Kelly, Small Wars Journal
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A Volatile Brew
by Colonel Robert Killebrew, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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Last June a group of men in police SWAT team uniforms stormed a building in Phoenix, Arizona,...
How can we be at war with an ideology, what is it that attracts its members, and can an ideology really be combated?
A Way to Accomplish Interviews for Commanders and Staff
by Colonel Steven Boylan
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The path to successful interviews...
A Well Worn Path:
The Soviet and American Approaches to the Critical Tasks of Counter Insurgency
by Bart Howard
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The conflict in Afghanistan is clearly at...
A Wicked Brew
Piracy and Islamism in the Horn of Africa
by Tim Sullivan, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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The recent surge in pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia has...
While programs like DCGS-A, CPOF, and MTS may be capable, troops generally deride their atrocious user interface, and poor, almost non-existent interoperability.
Now that Americans are dropping bombs on the forces of al Baghdadi’s Caliphate, it may be appropriate to examine his warfighting style.
“More evidence for extreme marginalization, implosion, and the Islamic State Organization’s certain future as a hunted underground ultra-takfiri terrorist criminal entity.”
Throughout its existence beginning in the early 1990s, ASG has waffled back and forth between criminality and terrorism.
Achieving a Peace Settlement between Abkhazia and Georgia: Lessons from Swiss Federalism
by Philip K. Abbott
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Today SOF are being asked to do more than ever before and with increasingly vague and hubristic-sounding missions and concepts. New paradigms are needed.
by Michael Yon
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18 February 2010
On Feb. 9th, in a field near a road, an Afghan soldier squatted to relieve himself. He picked the...
Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand vs. The Taliban: Bottom-Up Expeditionary Diplomacy in Fragile States – Best Practices from the Civilian Surge in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, and across much of the developing world, agriculture is the primary enterprise and key to local food security, as well as national and regional political stability.
If historical examples are any indicator irregular warfare will remain a part of current and future conflicts.
The drone war alone, without a corresponding indirect approach, will, over the long term, force AQAM to get better, harder, more creative, and more resistant to direct attacks.
Adapting the British Light Infantry Section and Platoon Structure for the Contemporary and Future Operating Environment
by Lieutenant Chris Shaw, Small Wars Journal
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Adapting to the Utterly Unpredictable, the Entirely Unknown
Book Review by Frank G. Hoffman
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James A. Russell,...
This article provides ten tips focused at the tactical level to assist combat leaders on advising host nation security forces on using warrant based targeting.
An economic approach to understanding the nature of rural corruption in Afghanistan suggests that ISAF anti-corruption measures should focus directly, not indirectly, on this issue.
Addressing the Zawahirist Outsurgency
by James Q. Roberts
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We can debate whether we are at war with Al Qaeda, but rest assured Al Qaeda...