Iraq

Journal Article | November 18, 2017 11:19 PM | Comments(2)

The Iraqi MoD’s presence on social media--and Facebook in particular--has been a crucial element of its military learning process since 2014.

Journal Article | November 17, 2017 05:21 AM | Comments(1)

Recently, I spoke with four individuals about the ongoing and evolving crisis concerning Post-Independence Referendum Iraqi Kurdistan.

A Small Wars Journal interview with General David Petraeus by Octavian Manea.

As the Peshmerga retreats in northern Iraq, two American foreign policy experts answer questions about America’s relationship with the Kurds.

As a non-state partner of the U.S., it is important to recognize the fragility and divisions within the KRG defense structure and to recognize the growing risk for intra-state conflict within the...

General David Petraeus - Interview by Dr. Joseph Collins and Mr. Nathan White - CCO PRISM

The current military-focused strategy is insufficient. ISAF advisers’ efforts alone cannot overcome the powerful dynamics ready to tear the proud Iraqi force apart.

An unsolicited letter to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider Al-Abadi.

The cause of Iraq’s troubles - the single event without which the hideous mutilation of today would never have occurred - was a 1958 coup d’état.

Journal Article | January 12, 2017 12:36 PM | Comments(1)

SWJ discussion with Daniel R. Green and William F. Mullen III, the authors of "Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with al-Qaeda".

Journal Article | December 22, 2016 12:10 AM | Comments(1)

As the Mosul operation grinds forward, it is vitally important for the US and its allies to double down on their commitment to supporting the Iraqi Army and the Counter Terrorism Service.

This paper was prepared in early 2010, when it might still have been possible to advance an agenda for a diversified private sector in Iraq.  We missed our opportunity.

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 26, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(3)

If there is one thing the United States military has come to value over the last decade of war – perhaps the only thing – it is having interoperable coalition partners.

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

Beware the lure of "credibility."

If Patriot and Iron Dome made Israelis feel more secure, then they succeeded at their most important task.

A Q&A with Kirk Sowell of Inside Iraqi Politics.  

Journal Article | April 26, 2013 01:25 AM | Comments(7)

If we ignore village life – or try to bend it to our view of what it should be – we will fail in Afghanistan as we did in Vietnam.

Unlike a certain mathematical solution counterinsurgency is a laden with human error and complexity.

Journal Article | April 18, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(33)

An interview with MIT Professor Roger D. Petersen.

Journal Article | April 16, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(1)

Guerilla warfare is not an “Eastern Way of War,” it is the universal war of the weak.

Journal Article | April 11, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(2)

One consistently wrong—but always convenient—prediction has been the improbability of ground wars and the declining utility of ground forces.

Journal Article | April 10, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(13)

If physical success on the battlefield cannot be translated into part of a larger aim, it is largely irrelevant even if it does a great deal of physical damage to the enemy.

Journal Article | April 9, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(26)

The “U.S. in the Lead” COIN approach usually fails where security force assistance could succeed.

Journal Article | April 3, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(1)

Unlike other major wars the US has fought, Iraq & Afghanistan demonstrate extremely low occurrence of troops who become POW/MIA & high injury survival rates.