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.

Why Better Information Operations are needed

Kyrgyzstan as a tipping point for charters?

Examining the structure and relationships between lines of operations (LOOs), measures, and indicators at various organizational levels

Sometimes in the course of military operations ill-conceived ideas survive to produce unacceptable outcomes.  When this happens, frustrated leaders might ask, “...

The importance of leadership in insurgent mobilization, recruitment, and expansion of the base

Better understanding the plight of the Fatah

How do we get the "Big Picture" right?

The Story of the Ultimate Counterinsurgent: An Interview with William Doyle, Author of A Soldier’s Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the  Awakening of Iraq. SWJ...

Ditching Career Centric COIN:  Exhuming Robert Komer with the Drawdown in Afghanistan

Better understanding China

When is a child ready to fight?

Rebellion at sea

The creation of South Sudan leaves Sudan's doors open for the growth of terrorism, but the perilous situation is fertile with potential for focused U.S. engagement.

Smaller and weaker opponents do not have a monopoly on asymmetric warfare and it does not need to be left to Guerrilla movements for us to romantically read about in the...

A review of the use of new media in recent insurgencies.

The practical application of the principles of VSO over 150 days of planning, operations, and refinement in Afgahnistan.

Reading the Evolution of Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

Where does legitimacy derive from in the local populace?

Octavian continues his inquiry into Pakistan

A Contrarian’s Lament

Understanding how Egyptian's understand their past rebellions

Refining analytical methods for a better war

Better understanding the so-called Arab Spring

Imperatives for Confronting Irregular Challenges

A Revisionist Approach to Foreign Policy

Overcoming apathy through empowerment is the key to success in Afghanistan

Is the threat of AQAP overblown and sensationalized?

20 Articles of Effective Assessments in Counterinsurgency

Author describes operations in Iraq in 2008

Social Scientist explores human emotions and reactions in the conflict in Iraq