Irregular Warfare Initiative

The Future of US Security Force Assistance

The Future of US Security Force Assistance

On November 9, 2021, a panel of scholars and practitioners brought together by the Irregular Warfare Initiative and the West Point Department of Social Sciences International Affairs Forum sought to...

What Have We Learned from Twenty Years of War?

What Have We Learned from Twenty Years of War?

What lessons should the United States and its allies take from twenty years of irregular warfare since 9/11? What will the future of irregular warfare look like? Episode 38 of the Irregular Warfare...

How Not to Build a State

How Not to Build a State

In the fall of 2001, just over a month after the first US troops arrived in the country, the United States and its allies seized control of Afghanistan, driving the Taliban from Kabul and out of...

How to Integrate Competition and Irregular Warfare

How to Integrate Competition and Irregular Warfare

Ever since the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the watchword for the US military has been competition. “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism,” the NDS declares, “is now the primary...

Irregular Warfare in the Next World War

Irregular Warfare in the Next World War

What would a conflict with China look like? How will irregular warfare fit into a conflict before and during large-scale combat operations? Retired Admiral James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman join...

Wargaming for the New Great Game

Wargaming for the New Great Game

In the opening days of the Iraq invasion in 2003, then secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld infamously quipped, “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at...