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Dec. 4, 2022

Irregular warfare will win ‘strategic competition’

On Dec. 14, Dr. Sean McFate published an opinion piece in The Hill on the need to institutionalize irregular warfare capabilities, and identifies key obstacles the DoD's new Irregular Warfare Center will have to avoid.

Nov. 14, 2022

Podcast: Infiltration, Ideation and the Subversion of Democracy. Threat of Insurgency in USA?

In November, CISA Professor Dr. David Ucko sat down with Silicon Curtain to discuss the political infiltration, social-media mobilization, and subliminal violence creeping into American democracy. This is insurgency reinvented, and we don't know how to respond.

Nov. 9, 2022

Backing Ukraine is costly. Not backing it would be costlier

The approaching winter months will test Western resolve to support Ukraine. Indisputably, the costs of assistance to Ukraine are high and are likely to get higher. But unless the West helps Ukraine fully liberate itself from Russia’s occupation now, it will have to pay an even costlier price in the future.

Nov. 7, 2022

Teaching Irregular Warfare in the Era of Strategic Competition

The 2022 National Security Strategy focuses on US leadership in strategic competition over the future of international order. The document lays out the threats and challenges the United States faces today from adversaries such as Russia and China. In order to prevail over such competitors and secure US leadership in the future, the United States needs to reconsider the way it approaches teaching irregular warfare (IW) in its professional military education (PME) institutions.

Nov. 2, 2022

Book Review: Nothing is impossible: America's reconciliation with Vietnam

On Nov. 2, CISA Professor Dr. Dayna Barnes published an engaging book review of "Nothing is impossible: America's reconciliation with Vietnam" in International Affairs, the journal of Chatham House. 

Oct. 31, 2022

Italy’s New Government: Five things to Remember

After heated backroom negotiations, Italy finally has a new administration. What can we expect from the new government? Dr. Andrew Novo and co-author Federico Bosari explore this question in their publication for the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

Oct. 18, 2022

Redefining Irregular Warfare: Legitimacy, Coercion, and Power

The Department of Defense is working on a new definition of irregular warfare, and the stakes are surprisingly high. In this article, Dr. David Ucko and Dr. Thomas Marks propose their own definition to irregular warfare, which retains IW's essence (legitimacy, coercion) but also applies it to strategic competition.

Oct. 15, 2022

The Holohan murder and the legacy of the office of strategic services

A case study of the damage wrought by the politicization of intelligence, "The Holohan Murder and the Legacy of the Office of Strategic Services" by CISA Assistant Professor Dr. David Hadley illustrates how popular narrative tropes of spy memoirs were enlisted by the different sides to press their version of the case.

Oct. 4, 2022

Why Russia and China Aren’t Intervening in Central Asia

In this co-publication in Foreign Policy, Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva and Dr. Erica Marat explain that the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's reluctance to resolve conflicts among its members is because it is limited to promoting only China’s security interests in the region.

Sept. 27, 2022

Podcast: Russ Burgos on Information Supply, Demand, and Effect

During this episode of the Cognitive Crucible, Russ Burgos discusses the importance of defining terms–like information itself. He offers a way of thinking about information in supply/demand and behavioral economics terminology. Russ recaps his “Seven A’s of Information Success” and then projects these concepts into global influence efficacy.