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In confronting the brutality of ISIS, its social media savvy, its maneuver warfare ability, and its foreign fighter cadre, the US government has adopted a limited approach....

This report explores the influence of regional state actors in Afghanistan’s political stability and focuses on armed extremism and the opium economy as the two primary...

Colombia appears poised to secure by the close of this year a historic peace deal with the country’s largest and most formidable illegal armed group.

There have been only 51 interstate wars and 418 internal, ethnic conflicts since 1945. State wars tend to be impersonal but ethnic conflicts are personal with fighters...

Cultural differences, deception, mistrust, and miscommunication all obscure the process of evaluating which individuals have information that would be helpful to US forces...

ISIS can rightfully be regarded as a terrorist organization, rather than a state, and that categorizing it as a terrorist group is beneficial to the U.S. in its efforts to...

The assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists warrant our sustained attention because they raise fundamental and far-reaching questions about the limits of state authority...

What can we reasonably expect to achieve besides another generation of White House and Pentagon sissies kicking the Muslim can down the road?

In the past two hundred years, states have gone from winning some eighty percent of internal conflicts to less than half that by the end of the twentieth century.

Developing mission specific tasks and deploying company sized elements increased flexibility to the Army.

Interview with Luis Simón, Research Professor, Institute for European Studies; Director, Brussels Office, Elcano Royal Institute; and Associate Fellow, Baltic Defense...

A population-centric approach that uses identity analysis in planning cycles at strategic, operational, and tactical levels enables the DoD.

“Mad Scientist” series - Megacities are hard, issues and problems compound over things that were solvable in other environments.

The incoming president’s administration will receive an important source of analysis in shaping its foreign policy agenda - the quadrennial Global Trends...

The media has remained largely silent about the security preparations for the games.

A Small Wars Journal discussion with Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster.

Despite ISIS releasing a map identifying areas where the Caliphate will be established in Asia, its ability to do so is substantially limited.

This paper was developed through the TRADOC G-2 Mad Scientist E-Intern Pilot in 2016.

Proxy selection in Syria will have a profound impact on the post-war political order: who wins, who loses, and how they govern.

If countering VNSAs such as ISIL will be a long-term campaign, we will need long-term goals and objectives.

The differences in how Mao, Guevara, and Al Qaeda tailored their approaches to suit the unique needs of the rebellions they led and the strategic environments in which they...

The phrase “best and brightest” is frequently used but ambiguously defined. SecDef’s Force of the Future aims to recruit and retain this group, but fails to...

It is time to unleash US irregular warfare capabilities. All the controversy over today’s “gray zone” challenges leads one to believe that the US is an...

The mass use of inghamasi/inghamasiyinis an innovation on previously understood jihadi tactics seen in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

This article analyses the growing range of threats posed to military organizations by violent jihadists within the West.

An update on week 7 of Stanford University’s Hacking for Defense course.

An inside look at the Defense Attachés assigned to the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince and how they served on a diplomatic frontline alongside DoS diplomats and USAID...

At the national security and policy level of the United States government there is a gap in the theoretical underpinnings of special operations.

An update on week 6 of Stanford University’s Hacking for Defense course.

Small Wars Journal interview with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.