Mark Munson considers the NYPD's intelligence program and finds it lacking.

Regular contributor Octavian Manea offers an interview with Dr. Erica Chenoweth on civil resistance, or civilian operations short of insurgency.

COL Rich Outzen makes a plea for a transformational approach to promoting language skills in the force.  Is it possible to turn the failure around?

Lawrence Cline looks at the complexity of armed actors in internal conflicts and advises against getting too caught up in typologies.

Andrew Attar considers how operational design can improve success in Phase IV stability operations.

Kip Whittington asks if Lebanese Hezbollah will attack Israel if hostilities break out with Iran.

Robert Sharp and Fahad Malaikah explore the critical partnership between the U.S. and Yemen amidst the recent election and continuing Al Qaeda attacks.

Jason Thomas explores the romance of COIN theory and where it has gotten us in Afghanistan, suggesting instead we follow the less romantic, more focused "hedgehog...

Grant Martin offers his thoughts on the rewrite of FM 3-24 and more realistic and sustainable COIN efforts.

In a timely offering, Butch Bracknell considers the implications of Quran burning and other slights in Afghanistan, real or perceived, to find that perception is what matters...

Guillermo Almada offers part three of his series on how to reduce violence in Mexico.

Caleb S. Cage takes on the memoirs of the four most powerful officials of the Bush Administration.

Guillermo Almada offers the second in his three-part series on reducing violence in Mexico.

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.