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The Darbha attack was a reminder of why the Maoist insurgency has repeatedly been called India’s biggest internal security challenge. This paper is an attempt to...

This paper explores Unified Quest 06 in order to show how and under what circumstances civilian-military and interagency constructs struggle to serve as true interfaces.

My hypothesis, the Intelligence Community has been unable to predict cyber-attacks against the United States, is false.

“The central fallacy at the heart of the current narrative is that it employs a single prism to view a complex world.”

Without international support from Western nations and friendly neighboring states, the future of Libya is sure to be at the will of al-Baghdadi and ISL.

Transitional justice, within a short period, has become one of the most dominating debates in rule of law, human rights protection, democracy and nation building.

“More evidence for extreme marginalization, implosion, and the Islamic State Organization’s certain future as a hunted underground ultra-takfiri terrorist...

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Today, in the wake of the Orlando massacre, it’s time to come to grips with the reality of active killer events. Let us not repeat the unfortunate mistake of passivity...

The Islamic State and al-Qaeda are fiercely competing for leadership of the global extremist jihadi movement.

An important bi-lateral U.S.-Mexico conference on “Promoting The Rule Of Law In Mexico” was held at the University of San Diego on Friday 10 June 2016.

In confronting the brutality of ISIS, its social media savvy, its maneuver warfare ability, and its foreign fighter cadre, the US government has adopted a limited approach....

This report explores the influence of regional state actors in Afghanistan’s political stability and focuses on armed extremism and the opium economy as the two primary...

Colombia appears poised to secure by the close of this year a historic peace deal with the country’s largest and most formidable illegal armed group.

There have been only 51 interstate wars and 418 internal, ethnic conflicts since 1945. State wars tend to be impersonal but ethnic conflicts are personal with fighters...

Cultural differences, deception, mistrust, and miscommunication all obscure the process of evaluating which individuals have information that would be helpful to US forces...

ISIS can rightfully be regarded as a terrorist organization, rather than a state, and that categorizing it as a terrorist group is beneficial to the U.S. in its efforts to...

The assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists warrant our sustained attention because they raise fundamental and far-reaching questions about the limits of state authority...

What can we reasonably expect to achieve besides another generation of White House and Pentagon sissies kicking the Muslim can down the road?

In the past two hundred years, states have gone from winning some eighty percent of internal conflicts to less than half that by the end of the twentieth century.

Developing mission specific tasks and deploying company sized elements increased flexibility to the Army.

Interview with Luis Simón, Research Professor, Institute for European Studies; Director, Brussels Office, Elcano Royal Institute; and Associate Fellow, Baltic Defense...

A population-centric approach that uses identity analysis in planning cycles at strategic, operational, and tactical levels enables the DoD.

“Mad Scientist” series - Megacities are hard, issues and problems compound over things that were solvable in other environments.

The incoming president’s administration will receive an important source of analysis in shaping its foreign policy agenda - the quadrennial Global Trends...

The media has remained largely silent about the security preparations for the games.

A Small Wars Journal discussion with Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster.

Despite ISIS releasing a map identifying areas where the Caliphate will be established in Asia, its ability to do so is substantially limited.

This paper was developed through the TRADOC G-2 Mad Scientist E-Intern Pilot in 2016.