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The Need for the Return of History: Why Studying History and Human Motivations is the Key to the Future of Warfare ...

Tribes and Afghanistan: Choosing More Appropriate Tools to Understand the Population by Paul Meinshausen and...

Serving Pork Chops at a Bar Mitzvah: Some Thoughts on Aid in COIN Operations by Colonel Gary Anderson ...

Dispatch: Gobar Gas by Michael Yon Download the full article:...

Tribal Engagement and the Heavy History of Counterinsurgency Light by Hannah Gurman Download the full article:...

Tribal Engagement: The Jirga and the Shura by Major Jim Gant and William "Mac" McCallister Download the full article:...

Peaceful Rise through Unrestricted Warfare: Grand Strategy with Chinese Characteristics by Dr. Tony Corn...

Rediscovering the Art of Psychological Operations in the Afghan Counterinsurgency by Russell Hampsey Download the full article...

Discourse on Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami and Its Founder Abu al-Ala al-Mawdudi Uncovering the Philosophy and Nuance of America's Adversary...

"The COIN Warrior" Waging Influence Hints for the Counterinsurgency (COIN) Strategy in Afghanistan by Sean...

A Combined Arms Response to Death of the Armor Corps by Major James Smith and Major James Harbridge Download the full...

What Lies Between: The Ship is the Visual, Even in the Shadow Zones by Lieutenant Commander Claude G. Berube...

The New Theology: Building Partner Capacity by Nathan Freier Download the full article:...

The Spiritual Significance of ¿Plata O Plomo?   by Pamela L. Bunker and Dr. Robert J. Bunker Download...

Many Paths up the Mountain: Population-Centric COIN in Afghanistan by Major Nathan Springer ...

The Combined Team: Partnered Operations in Afghanistan by Colonel Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. and Lieutenant...

Bringing the "Wall of the Unknown" Down: Reframing Complex Problems by Adrian Wolfberg and Katherine C. Stewart...

Ten Reasons to Ignore bin Laden: Restoring the Balance by Dr. Wm. J. Olson Download the full...

One Hundred Honest Preachers by Dr. Scott Corey Download the full article:...

"Partnership 'Till it Hurts" The Use of Fusion Cells to Establish Unity of Effort Between SOF (Yin) and Conventional Forces (...

The Jones Insurgency Model   A Tool for the Prevention and Resolution of Insurgency...

The Hidden Engagement: Interpreters by Captain Don Moss Download the full article:...

Leveraging Legitimacy: A Key Tool in Population-Centric Counterinsurgency by Dr. Paul Kamolnick ...

Trust: Central to Success in Partnered Operations by Major Charlie Burbridge Download the full article:...

Building Professional and Personal Relationships in Counterinsurgency Environments by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the full...

The Logic and Method of Collaborative Design by Brigadier General Huba Wass de Czege Download the full article:...

Mission Assessment in Complex Operations: Canadian Lessons from Afghanistan by Dr. Peter Dobias ...

Dispatch: An Afghan Story by Michael Yon Download the full article:...

Design and the Prospects of a US Military Renaissance by Colonel Christopher R. Paparone Download the full article:...

The Future of Terrorism Mass Hostage Taking in Russia and Mumbai by Luke Allison Download the...