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.

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."

As the Arab Spring moves east, Fahad Malaikah reminds us not to forget where it started.

Patrick Truffer explores the inclusion-moderation theory as it pertains to Hamas, an important subject given the transitions of the Arab Spring.

The world must focus on strengthening institutions as it sets about withdrawing from the Afghan conflict.

Brad Fultz offers a qualitative tool to help commanders understand actors in their area of operations through a lens of locally defined legitimacy.

F3EA and D3A are great for what they do – but a flexible plan across all echelons for all planners may be a way to go, especially in a military where manpower could be...

The authors propose implementing F3EAD methodology, which has met with success in the SOF community, across the force.

Adam Elkus explores the role of drones in battle and warfare and concludes that the moral concerns are nothing new to military history.

David Walker argues that the successes of the Af-Pak Hands program could be better managed by Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Steven Metz writes about the psychology of insurgents. It is not mirror-image political concerns that they are after, but psychological needs.

Mike Few interviews civil war historian Mark Grimsley, research affiliate at The Ohio State University and author...

American defense planners must consider what an era of persistent conflict will require of them.  Will the dictates of the Powell Doctrine or the imperatives of "...

Pierce and Zanol offer a concept for maneuver in n-dimensional terrain.  Does this provide the conceptual basis to combat "wicked" problems?

Jeremy Gwinn focuses on the "transition" phase of security force assistance in Afghanistan.

Clausewitz's conception of fog and friction in warfare remains as relevant in ever.  Are you prepared to operate in an environment of uncertainty?

To defend her position, 21st Century America and western powers must seek out and create opportunities for advancement.  To do this, we must change the way we think.

The insurgents have adapted in their ability to deny space to the adversary; rather than settling to eat soup with a knife they attempt to recast the knife as a spoon.

These powerful criminal organizations leverage their competitive advantage to further corrupt the Afghan government possibly creating an endless cycle of dependency.