Journal Articles are typically longer works with more more analysis than the news and short commentary in the SWJ Blog. We accept contributed content from serious voices across the small wars community, then publish it here as quickly as we can, per our Editorial Policy, to help fuel timely, thoughtful, and unvarnished discussion of the diverse and complex issues inherent in small wars.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

This paper attempts to provide insight into a topic most have not yet thoroughly considered - what happens after ISIL is gone?

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Like all soldiers talking of war, there is no end or beginning in the stories, just the vocalization of the memories that can never leave him.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Detailed study of foreign fighters and of their return to home countries has only emerged in the last 10 – 15 years, with even less written about it in relation to the...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Although a number of cartels may be utilizing ultralight aircraft, seizure locations and authority reports most often attribute the use of this technology to the Sinaloa...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

The challenge of young-adult and refugee vulnerability to the spread of violent extremist ideology, subsequent radicalization, and devolution into violence related behavior...

Iran and Saudi Arabia are both exporters of extremism that fuels kinetic terrorist attacks. These countries are uniquely dangerous.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Despite force protection measures, captivity remains an integrated part of the threat to deployed NATO forces.

As China continues deepening commercial ties with LatAm, it is possible the increased flow of goods and people could present more opportunities for Chinese triads to expand...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

The human terrain of Syria is shifting. Buried below last week’s headlines was the news of what might amount to the largest proposed population swap in recent history...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

These attacks can be executed with very little planning, no training, no funding, and no preparation, which makes them quick, easy, and deadly.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Ethiopia’s strategic value in counter-terrorism operations in the region butts heads with American foreign policy objectives of promoting democracy and liberal...

Why the Chibok Kidnappings occurred, and what, if anything, the Nigerian Army has done in its aftermath to prevent the repeat of a kidnapping on that scale by Boko Haram.

This vivid narrative about an extraordinary American officer in Afghanistan presents two stories, both of interest to military professionals.

The Gray Zone is becoming less opaque, less undefined because emerging analytical frameworks are finding their footing in the Department of Defense.

In order to increase capacity, Congress should enact comprehensive reform legislation allowing DHS to reorganize its structure and broaden its leadership succession...

Congratulations to authors whose articles have been selected as the top essays submitted in our latest writers contest. Continue on for the listing.

The fight against Islamic terror has two faces today, public relations and strategic hokum. The Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS meeting illustrates these phenomena.