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Air University Library Course Support


4 January 2021 - 22 January 2021

Irregular Conflicts remain elusive and not particularly well understood in the Air Force despite a decade's worth of experience in them.  How we got into such conflicts is not as useful to the strategist as the following set of questions and their answers:

  • What is Irregular Warfare?  Are irregular conflicts fundamentally different from other types of conflicts?  If not, why, and if so, what does this mean for the use of force and the application of military power?
  • Who instigates irregular conflicts and how do they think they can win?  What types of irregular adversaries do we face and how have they conceived victory against opponents with superior forces and resources?
  • How are current irregular conflicts different from those of the past?  How important are issues such as ideology, geography, time and technology to victory?
  • How and under what conditions do irregular conflicts end?
  • How do we balance requirements to sustain pressure on violent extremist groups globally while preparing for possible conflict against peer or near-peer competitors?

Some materials listed below require access to subscription databases.  If you cannot gain access, contact your local library for availability.  AU students and faculty can contact the center's Web Maintainer for a password.

Internet Resources

Listed below is on-line information about books and their authors used in this course.  Some links may only be available on-base at Air University.

Seminar One

Stathis N. Kalyvas     Biography
The Logic of Violence in Civil War     Review

James Kiras     Biography    (Scroll down to author's name)
Understanding Modern Warfare     Publisher's Information     Review  (Scroll down to pg. 41 of the Journal for Book Reviews)


Seminar Two

T.E. Lawrence     Biography
The Evolution of a Revolt     Review 1     Review 2

Mao Tse-Tung     Biography
On Protracted Warfare     Review

Seminar Three

Ernesto "Che" Guevara     Biography
Guerrilla Warfare     Review   

Jules Regis Debray     Biography
Revolution in the Revolution?  Armed Struggle and Political Struggle in Latin America     Review

Seminar Four

Eric Hoffer     Biography 1      Biography 2
The True Believer:  Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements     Review 1     Review 2

Sayyid Qutb     Biography
Milestones     Review

Seminar Five

Jacob Shapiro    Biography
The Terrorist's Dilemma:  Managing Violent Covert Organizations      Review 1     Review 2

Seminar Six

David Kilcullen     Interview     About the Author   (click on Author Information)
Out of the Mountains:  The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla      Review 1     Review 2     Author's Comments  (CSPAN Video)

Seminar Seven

David Galula            Article    SSI Monograph   (scroll down and click on Download PDF )
Pacification in Algeria, 1956-1958     Document Information

Roger Trinquier     Biography   (scroll down to pg. 6 of the document)
Modern Warfare:  A French View of Counterinsurgency     Review

Seminar Eight

Paul Staniland     Biography
Networks of Rebellion:  Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse     Review

Seminar Nine

Ofer Fridman   Biography
Russian Hybrid Warfare:  Resurgence and Politicisation    Review 1     Review 2 

ARIS, Little Green Men:  A Primer on Russian Unconventional Warfare, Ukraine 2013-2014 

Seminar Ten

Emile Simpson     Interview
War from the Ground Up:  Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics     Review

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