Small Wars Journal


The Long Game: Countering Iranian Malign Influence in the Mashriq SWJED Sun, 01/28/2018 - 12:21am

There is a fleeting opportunity to build upon the stability created by a defeated ISIS, stable Iraq, recovering Syria, strengthened ties with Lebanon and Jordan, and cooperative regional partners.

Lessons to Be Learned: The Employment of Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devises in the Islamic State’s Defense of Mosul

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 8:49pm

The suicide bomber -- be it man borne, vehicle borne, aircraft borne, or otherwise – has steadily evolved as a key capability within the Islamic State’s military apparatus.

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The Kurds: Seeking Their Yorktown SWJED Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:39am

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

The Iraqi Kurdish Security Apparatus: Vulnerability and Structure SWJED Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:15pm

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 Kurdish Region.

Preventing OIF III: Using the Interagency Conflict Assessment Framework to Achieve a Sustainable Iraqi Security Force

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 12:07pm

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

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