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.

Critique of recent budget cuts

Why have the post 9/11 wars not had the same degree of protests as Vietnam?

Spending an inordinate amount of resources in executing a relatively narrow segment of our national defense interests – COIN – will undermine America’s...

The whole concept of “nation-building” is flawed, because nations aren’t built, nations grow. We can no more build a nation than we can build an oak tree....

FM 3-24 fails to adequately describe the realities of refugees and the necessary steps required to assist

Recent intervention continues fifty years of US military action in Africa with little success

Despite the increased use of robots and projected future R&D spending, there is no clearly articulated and agreed upon roadmap for their future growth and development.

Seven proposed categories of illegal slum land use are tested against a recent, complex Latin American case.

The Obama administration reversed the policies of its predecessor, and established a counterterrorism strategy that appears to exactly mirror the European model.  In a...

With Sri Lanka’s defeat of the Tamil Tigers in 2009, should the US pursue establishing a naval base in Sri Lanka?

How the Media, the Military, and the World Struggles with Telling the “Real Story” in Afghanistan

There is neither a shortcut to knowledge nor a process that forces critical and creative thinking on those individuals incapable of or unprepared for its complexities. ...

Author argues that the MDMP is burdened by linear procedures that do not reflect natural cognitive processes and proposes an alternative model based on six concurrently...

Guía de Prácticas Recomendadas en la Evaluación de Medidas Contrainsurgencias (...

How Corruption Affects National Security of the United States: An Explorative Hypothesis on Mexican Transnational Criminal Networks Operating in the United States

If money is a weapon system, then it must surely be targeted as precisely as any other weapon system. 

The French Army´s Failed Counterinsurgency Effort

If money is a weapon system, then it is imperative to know how to operate the safety less we face fratricide

Placing the current Libyan conflict in historical perspective by focusing on the dynamics between the country’s two main regions (Tripolitania and Cyrenaica) during key...

A Critique of Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars

The challenge presented by competing forms of centralization may have become clearer in the wake of the Arab Spring, especially in comparing events in Egypt and Libya....

Interviews with Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker, and Matthew Kroenig

Poor performance erodes deterrence just as surely as good performance creates it

Bob Jones expands on his thoughts on modern insurgency

How violent will Syria become?

Not an Intifada: Reexamining “War” Amongst Israelis and Palestinians

Cities are likely to play major roles in the distribution of future global power.

Indian Perspective on on-going conflicts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India

The purpose of this paper is to provide research information on doctrinal convergence and divergence, and elaborate upon the role of language and culture in counterinsurgency...

A glimpse into the history of the Phillipines