insurgency

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

This paper discusses the tactics the Shining Path employed to spread their influence from the southern Andean highlands throughout the majority of Peru.

Nigeria remains a fragile state fighting what many believe is a misguided war on terror to hold itself together as a republic.

This article was originally published in Spanish as 'Las Pandillas en El Salvador: ¿Un Nuevo Tipo de Insurgencia?' at 'Small Wars Journal'-El Centro on 4 September 2017.

On Carl von Clausewitz: What is less spoken of is his study of small wars and people’s war.

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

La investigación sostiene que las principales pandillas en El Salvador (MS-13 y Barrio 18) han evolucionado hasta constituirse en un nuevo tipo de insurgencia.

While many rejoice the arrival of spring, Afghans know that this season ushers in a considerable increase in fighting. Or at least it used to.

Journal Article | June 17, 2017 01:07 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.

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 06:20 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.

Journal Article | April 6, 2017 06:27 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 04:28 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 | January 13, 2017 06:40 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 11, 2017 11:51 AM | Comments(2)

Soft power is an expansive concept, and every one of Mr. Trump’s immature tweets stands to lessen U.S. credibility as the example of a moral force.

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

Journal Article | September 27, 2016 08:09 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 02:10 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.

We Americans tend to invent for ourselves a comfortable U.S.-centric vision with an enemy who looks and acts more or less as we do, and a situation in which the fighting is done by conventional...

Journal Article | August 26, 2013 11:46 AM | Comments(1)

This SWJ article compares the British handling of the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) with that of the French in Algeria (1954-1962).

Journal Article | July 5, 2013 01:30 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...