counterinsurgency

Journal Article | October 14, 2017 01:12 AM | Comments(1)

For many years after the withdrawal, it appeared that the so-called ‘Reagan Offensive’ in its political pressure and provision of arms to Afghan rebels was the overwhelming factor.

Journal Article | September 13, 2017 11:37 AM | Comments(1)

When employed correctly Military Information Support Operations  as a force multiplier enjoys unparalleled capability to shape, and ultimately win, the hearts and minds of the populace.

The LTTE’s focus on conventional military operations proved to be their ultimate downfall.

Modern British doctrine, while espousing many successful principles, neglects some critical lessons from actual British practice.

Journal Article | June 17, 2017 02:07 PM | Comments(5)

Development of COIN methods and application has ebbed and flowed in its effectiveness. Though many studies have been initiated, the role and impact of the peasantry has been largely overlooked.

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 | January 12, 2017 01:36 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".

Interview with Professor Stathis Kalyvas conducted during the Nafplio Olympia Summer Academy, Summer 2016, Greece.

Journal Article | September 27, 2016 09:09 AM | Comments(2)

How many troops are needed to defeat an insurgency? This deceptively innocuous question is laden with political and military peril. The answer is, of course, that it depends.

Galula was a self-made man in various aspects; born into a relatively modest environment, he rose to positions where no one expected him to.

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.