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8 January 2024 - 26 January 2024

  • 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?
  • Why do individuals decide to undertake political violence, alone or in mass movements, 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?

"This course has been designed to help you answer these questions and provide you...with sufficient understanding and knowledge to deal with irregular threats past, present, and future."

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Internet Resources

Listed below is on-line information about books and their authors used in this course.  Library resources are best accessed using commercial internet.

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

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

Christopher Browning      Biography 
Ordinary Men:  Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland      Publisher Description    

Seminar Three

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

Mao Tse-Tung     Biography
On Protracted War     Review

Seminar Four

Ernesto "Che" Guevara     Biography     YouTube video
Guerrilla Warfare     Review   

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

Raymond Garthoff      
Unconventional Warfare in Communist Strategy     (Article)

Seminar Five 

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

Seminar Six

David Galula            Article    
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 Seven

Walter Ladwig III     Biography
The Forgotten Front:  Patron-Client Relationships in Counterinsurgency    Review 1    Review 2

Seminar Eight

Audrey Kurth Cronin      Biography
Power to the People:  How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow's Terrorists      Review

Seminar Nine

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

Seminar Ten

Seth Jones      Biography
Three Dangerous Men:  Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare          Publisher Description

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