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Military affairs and international relations journal. Official publication of the Dept. of the Army for Army War College graduates and civilians concerned with national defense.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, Autumn

Abandoning Counterinsurgency: Reviving Antiterrorism Strategy
Over the past fifty years the US military's interest in counter-insurgency has ebbed and flowed, reflecting broader shifts in American grand strategy and the global security environment. (1) The first US "counterinsurgency era" began in the early 1960s...
Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings
Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings By Fernando Reinares Al-Qaeda's Revenge is an excellent, well-sourced monograph analyzing the March 11, 2004 terrorist attacks on four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain. The worst terrorist attack...
Casualties of Their Own Success: The 2011 Urination Incident in Afghanistan
In the waning days of 2011, the leaders of 3d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, could justifiably reflect with pride on the unit's accomplishments during the past year. Tasked with a key role in the largest, most austere area of operations in northern...
Counter Jihad: America's Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria
Counter Jihad: America's Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria By Brian Glyn Williams It has long been a truism that journalists write the "first draft of history." In many ways this is true. Yet as is the case with all early reports,...
Doing What You Know: The United States and 250 Years of Irregular War
Doing What You Know: The United States and 250 Years of Irregular War By David E. Johnson The United States military has conducted irregular warfare since its incepdon. Yet, there is no consensus as to whether this legacy is one of triumph or...
Expanding Brigade Combat Teams: Is the Training Base Adequate?
In a world where America, its allies, and its partners do not maintain large standing armies, our potential enemies still believe in maximizing military strength. In March 2016, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified before the Senate...
From the Editor
Our Autumn issue opens with a special commentary by Patricia Shields, whose "Limits of Negative Peace, Faces of Positive Peace" questions whether we have thought through the ramifications of the quality of the peace we seem to have, when indeed we...
How NATO Adapts: Strategy and Organization in the Atlantic Alliance since 1950
How NATO Adapts: Strategy and Organization in the Atlantic Alliance since 1950 By Seth Johnston After NATO added its twenty-ninth member state, Montenegro, in July 2017, institutions in Europe remain under significant strain with challenges such...
Insurgent Defectors in Counterinsurgencies
With internal conflict comes the question of what to do with insurgent defectors. In Afghanistan, international actors and the Afghan government have been intermittently attempting to reconcile with, or rehabilitate, members of the insurgency. These...
Limits of Negative Peace, Faces of Positive Peace
Clearly some notion of peace is implicit in national security and peace. The absence of war is the predominant conceptualization of peace within the security community. This designation, also known as negative peace, has many pitfalls; its dominance...
Los Zetas Inc
Los Zetas Inc. By Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera The author of Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico, Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, is an associate professor at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville....
Military Force and Mass Migration in Europe
In 2016, President Donald Trump addressed the topic of Europe's mass migration crisis: "If you do not treat the situation competently and firmly, yes, it is the end of Europe." (1) These words of caution highlight the growing seriousness of the problem....
Negative Leadership: International Perspectives
Negative Leadership: International Perspectives Edited by Daniel Watola, PhD, and Dave Woycheshin, PhD The study of leadership has become an industry, and researchers and authors have partitioned this broad subject area into several categories...
Nixon's Back Channel to Moscow: Confidential Diplomacy and Detente
Nixon's Back Channel to Moscow: Confidential Diplomacy and Detente By Richard A. Moss Primarily driven by increased access to various documents from the presidency of Richard M. Nixon, scholarship on the most controversial presidency in American...
Rapid Expansion and the Army's Materiel: Is There Enough?
For the US Army to expand rapidly, its leaders will have to make critical decisions on organizational and materiel requirements. However, a recent research effort at the US Army War College reveals that some equipment, such as air defense artillery...
Rethinking NATO Policy on the Protection of Civilians
When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization commanded the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2014, NATO allies and partners learned that protecting civilians was a key parameter of both operational and strategic success....
Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment
Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment By Paul Shemella and Nicholas Tomb Editors Paul Shemella and Nicholas Tomb have presented an interesting assessment tool in their Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment....
Thabo Mbeki and Julius Nyerere
Thabo Mbelci and Julius Nyerere By Adekeye Adebajo and by Paul Bjerk The Ohio University series of Short Histories of Africa promises to offer "lively biographies" as concise introductory guides to general African topics. In the case of both...
The Lincoln Assassination Riddle: Revisiting the Crime of the Nineteenth Centurv
The Lincoln Assassination Riddle: Revisiting the Crime of the Nineteenth Centurv Edited By Frank J. Williams and Michael Burkhimer Three American presidents were murdered within the span of 36 years: Abraham Lincoln (1865), James A. Garfield...
The Netanyahu Years
The Netanyahu Years By Ben Caspit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu is currently struggling to address several scandals of various seriousness, including one which led to the arrest of his former chief of staff on corruption charges....
Third-Force Influences: Hollywood's War Films
Due to its role during America's long wars and its effect on perceptions of US military prestige, the entertainment media can be considered one of the third forces--"organizations that can influence the outcome of armed combat." (1) This article explains...
Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq
Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq By Tom Basile Tom Basile's Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq is really two books. The first two-thirds of the book offers invaluable insights on the first two years of the Second Persian Gulf...
War in the Shallows
War in the Shallows By John Carrell Sherwood War in the Shallows represents, in the author's own words, "the first comprehensive scholarly attempt to piece together the operational history of the US Navy in South Vietnam" during the so-called...
War Neurology
War Neurology Edited by Laurent Tatu and julien Bogousslavsky The editors of War Neurology, Laurent Tatu and Julien Bogousslavsky, lament the fact that "war and neurology are two themes that are rarely linked, and war neurology is not a subject...
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