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Finding Strategic Balance: How Should the USAF Balance Continuing Irregular Requirements with High-end A2/AD Requirements?

Book Review - Dr. Brian Glyn William Predators: The CIA’s Drone War on al Qaeda.

“Narco Cultura,” a documentary by Israeli photojournalist Saul Schwarz, is billed on as “an explosive look at Mexican drug cartels’ cultural influence...

The problem can be summarized as follows: allied troops are better trained and equipped, while local forces enjoy a greater familiarity with the terrain, including above all...

The effectiveness and efficiency of foreign policies depends on a great number of factors, and not in the slightest on the initial design of those policies.

The COIN Manual is being re-written and it is important to define Rule of Law if it is to be included or rejected from counterinsurgency doctrine.

President Enrique Peña Nieto is rapidly approaching a defining moment in his Presidency.

Drawing Lessons from Zimbabwe's War of Liberation: Efficacious Use of Propaganda and Violence.

This essay attempts to provide one perspective on how, in a time of war, many contribute to the mission in ways other directly engaging the enemy.

Strategy and Choices for the Next QDR: SWJ Interview with Shawn Brimley.

Understanding the Dialectic of Nomad and State: The Tectonics of Conflict, Trade and Modes of Living in Afghanistan.

Up until recently, weapons that provide for armor and bunker defeat capability at the levels that the RPG-29 is capable of, have not been seen in the hands of the Mexican...

The rivalry between Kenya and al-Shabaab is not new. Kenya has long been active in Somalia’s internal politics, sponsoring a peace process that yielded the Transitional...

Acronyms and Translations of Security and Government Agencies in Mexico’s Drug War.

Within the realm of Latin America, one country that that has been particularly impacted by gangs and transnational organized crime is Brazil.

SWJ Discussion with Dr. David Kilcullen on his recently released book “Out of the Mountains. The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla”.

Special Operations Forces have a problem: in order to be more effective in the “human domain” we have to paradoxically dump the concept.

It’s been about two months since al-Shabaab gunmen employed the new playbook.

The relationship between Russia and Iran since the collapse of the Soviet Union forms a necessary and essential aspect of international relations.

A close analysis reveals the Peace Corps is an important contributor to our national security.

Al-Qaeda’s plan to cripple the U.S. through a series of proxy wars: an integral – and currently the most pertinent – component of its aggregate strategy.

The June 2010 violence that took place in  Kyrgyzstan caused a significant number of deaths, injuries, displaced persons, property damage, and general unease among the...

Hezbollah prides itself as being a Lebanese liberation force committed to defending the Shi’a in Lebanon. But Hezbollah is fighting in Syria against the Sunni...

From ‘Three Blocks’ to ‘Three Islands’: The Thin Line Between Police and Military Operations in Contested Maritime Spaces.

Before Gustavus Adolphus revolutionized warfare, most armies were composed of groups of uncoordinated mercenaries, with little overall organization or chain of command.

The US Army Counterinsurgency manual touts the importance of legitimacy yet it provides a limited explanation of what legitimacy is and where it comes from.

It seems that many of my strident critics tend to focus on the operational and tactical minutiae and quaint service traditions when advocating the need for maintaining two...

Providing Basic Sanitation: A Means to Achieving the Military’s Strategic Objectives During Stability Operations

SWJ would like to thank the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board's Executive Institute for allowing us to republish this article.

Since 2006, Nepal is on transition from armed conflict to peace. However, in the last six years, Nepal’s peace process is in deep crisis.