Irregular Warfare Initiative

On Resistance: A Primer for Further Research

On Resistance: A Primer for Further Research

Authors' note: This primer reflects the discussion of an expert panel on resistance as a deliberate strategy featuring Major General Patrick Roberson, Dr. Ulrica Pettersson, Dr. Byron Harper, and...

The Changing Face of Insurgency

The Changing Face of Insurgency

David Ucko, The Insurgent’s Dilemma: A Struggle to Prevail (Hurst, 2022) When imagining counterinsurgency, I think about flying a helicopter full of US Navy SEALs and their Iraqi commando...

What NATO’s New Strategic Concept Gets Wrong

What NATO’s New Strategic Concept Gets Wrong

For the first time in more than a decade, NATO has announced a new strategic concept. Hailed as a historic action, and adopted after a summit in Madrid, the concept provides much-needed strategic...

The Army Is Not Ready to Win Without Fighting

The Army Is Not Ready to Win Without Fighting

For all its talk of great power competition, the US military—and the Army in particular—remains poorly structured to help the United States maintain a decisive advantage in contemporary strategic...

Checking Putin: How to Counter Russia in Ukraine

Checking Putin: How to Counter Russia in Ukraine

As Russian forces lay siege to Kyiv, the West appears impotent to take action beyond economic sanctions. Despite the explicit understanding in NATO that Ukraine falls outside its mandate, there...

A Ukrainian Insurgency Will Be Long and Bloody

A Ukrainian Insurgency Will Be Long and Bloody

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has proven to be a turning point in European security. As Ukrainians mount a stiff defense against a more heavily armed Russian invasion force, analysts and observers...