Youssef Aboul-Enein and David Trandberg take a look back into Libyan history to examine Arab insurgency tactics.

In the first of a three part series, Guillermo Vázquez del Mercado Almada describes organized crime in Mexico and lays a basis for his "five Ps"...

Christopher Bassford offers a saucy counterpoint to the Cordesman suggestion that we continue to muddle through in Afghanistan.

Al Paddock explores the divorce between active and reserve component psychological operations units.

Youssef Aboul-Enein offers a timely review of John Calvert's book on Sayyid Qutb.

Cameron Graham provides us with a peek at what is in Pandora's Box in the Middle East.

The authors set forth a counterinsurgency model that focuses on socio-cultural structural relationships and dynamics of the local population, providing insights into how to...

Sergio Miller offers and important and interesting look at armed nation building in Vietnam and Afghanistan; a look that does not leave one with much optimism.

In the wake of the withdrawal of advisors from Afghan ministries, Rebecca Zimmerman argues that drawdown in Afghanistan is a chance to get the strategy right, but only if it...

Peter Matulich argues for a more comprehensive approach to COIN in Pakistan.

M. Shands Pickett suggests that we aim for greater stability in Afghanistan by co-opting the Afghan Taleban and breaking down the walls between GIRoA and Afghan Taleban...

Jonathan Smith considers the impact of night raids on counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan.

Fourth Generation Warfare advocates propose a tactical shift in how operations are conducted to defeat an insurgency. This paper explains why, from a legitimacy standpoint,...

Jack Midgley considers how the Army should prepare itself to accomplish partner nation capability-building missions.

With the UN Security Council closed for business, the international community is clamoring for a way to increase the costs on President Bashar al-Assad.  Here are some...

As Yemen faces presidential elections on February 21, for which only one candidate is standing, Robert Sharp and Fahad Malaikah ponder what is next for the country.

Michael V. Rienzi lays out possible Iranian responses to a U.S. attack.

Richard Dixon provides a much needed look at the issue of suicide and military leadership.

COL David Glaser lays out suggestions for selecting and properly training the right people to serve as advisors to senior foreign officials.

Joseph Collins reviews All In and finds that it lives up to the man that it is about.

Lionel Beehner explores the paradox behind terming a conflict a civil war, with an eye to events in Syria.

Stemming from the Occupy and Indignados movements, as well as the London riots, John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus look at the complex disorder of riots, their types, and the...

Dan McCauley urges us to consider strategic thinking and apply it in considering our complex problems.

Alex Verschoor-Kirss provides an interesting look at a case of cultural insurgency: the Estonian Forest Brothers movement.

Adam Ahmad evaluates the prospect of Bashir al-Assad's survival in Syria.

COL Greg Grimes considers the value of civil affairs in a constrained budget environment.

Matteo Scianna suggests a heightened role for European forces in "smart defense" in the near abroad.  Is this the wave of the future, or a concept doomed by...

Robert Sharp takes a look at the war rhetoric and the youth of Iran and America and urges us to give peace a chance with Iran.

Niels Vistisen argues that the command structure and focus in Afghanistan results in a missing operational level.

Octavian Manea offers an interview with John Nagl who opines that "the savage wars of peace are still going to have an interest in us."