COIN

Journal Article | June 4, 2017 12:48 PM | Comments(2)

An insurgency concerns itself with legitimacy as the opposing sides are not only competing for domination of terrain, but for the support of the populace as well.

8 May 1986 address by General Volney F. Warner at Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire. Posted here with the kind permission of General Warner.

This paper updates and expands upon an essay published in Small Wars Journal in 2014. Some of the text from the 2014 essay has been left intact as still operative.

Journal Article | May 26, 2017 07:20 PM | Comments(7)

Perhaps after hard-hitting briefings from Mattis and McMaster, Trump finally realized Obama’s decision to remain in Afghanistan was both realistic and necessary.

Why a label and its use obfuscates the most critical variable of social and cultural reality necessary for mission success.

Why the Chibok Kidnappings occurred, and what, if anything, the Nigerian Army has done in its aftermath to prevent the repeat of a kidnapping on that scale by Boko Haram.

Journal Article | April 6, 2017 07:27 AM | Comments(2)

SWJ discussion with Seth G. Jones, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation.

Scholar and war correspondent Bernard Fall liked to gather information about combat in the field, near the front lines, where the fighting was going on - and he had done a lot of it.

Journal Article | March 20, 2017 05:28 AM | Comments(1)

As shown in a memorable War On the Rocks article, the legacy of the United States’ Counterinsurgency doctrine includes a contentious foundation.

Journal Article | March 10, 2017 03:49 PM | Comments(1)

Considering how resilient Boko Haram has been over the years and the recent spate of attacks, I believe the war is anything but won and has entered a new and much more perilous phase.

Journal Article | February 17, 2017 09:34 PM | Comments(2)

This paper provides a survey of lessons learned on military roles in stabilization and reconstruction based on experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and seeks to highlight actions still required.

Journal Article | February 8, 2017 01:25 AM | Comments(1)

This paper offers a perspective on the use of Law of Armed Conflict standards vice Criminal Law standards in the context of Columbia's conflict with the FARC and current reconciliation efforts.

Journal Article | February 3, 2017 01:32 AM | Comments(77)

The most effective strategy that Ukraine can select against Russian-backed separatists is a population-centric approach; with targeted utilization of their growing special operations capability.

Journal Article | February 1, 2017 08:30 AM | Comments(18)

This essay examines the Executive Order on protection from foreign terrorist entry into the U.S. from a broader counterinsurgency perspective.

Journal Article | January 13, 2017 07:40 AM | Comments(4)

Western scholars have seemed reluctant to engage with Chechnya as a COIN success. Such hesitancy may be partly due to the extreme unpalatability of Russian tactics.

Journal Article | September 2, 2016 03:10 AM | Comments(1)

Small Wars Journal interview with Karsten Friis, Senior Adviser and Head of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs’ Research Group on Security and Defense.

Journal Article | July 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

Avoid the Charlie Wilson complex: guilt over the cries of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’ and deciding not to spend billions more of taxpayer’s money on a hop-scotch of social...

As Iraq appears to unravel, it is only right to continue the debate about counterinsurgency, the appropriate application of landpower, and  the expanding role of Special Operations in the US...

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(4)

Counterinsurgency is often a small-unit battle, with company-sized elements requiring organic intelligence capabilities to leverage information into tactical success.

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(4)

Beware the lure of "credibility."

The Eid statements demonstrate an increasing sophistication in strategic messaging and understanding of international politics.

Journal Article | June 7, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

In civil wars like Syria’s, strength is not necessarily a product of popularity; often strength actually produces popularity because compliance is more important than winning hearts and minds.

Journal Article | May 30, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

Some of the major “lessons learned” by ISAF while conducting Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations in Afghanistan

Journal Article | May 22, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(20)

The Army has an unfortunate tradition of considering insurgent conflict a sideshow effort and relegating the study of insurgencies to the fringes of military science. The Philippines campaign is a...

Journal Article | May 10, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(11)

Cann’s book is very much a must read, especially considering the painfully limited Anglophone literature on the Portuguese Overseas War.