Recent Publications by CISA Faculty and Staff


Ospina Ovalle, Carlos (GEN, ret.), Honor Sin Gloria: La tragica historia de un heroe olvidado. Escuela de Infanteria de Colombia, March 2016

Fisher, Kathryn M., Security, Identity, and British Counterterrorism Policy. Palgrave MacMillan, August 2015.

Lester, Genevieve, When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? Accountability, Democratic Governance and Intelligence, Cambridge University Press, May 2015.

Gresh, Geoffrey F., Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing, Stanford University Press, 2015

Thompson, Peter G., Armed Groups: The 21st Century Threat, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Patterson, Rebecca D., The Challenge of Nation-Building: Implementing Effective Innovation in the U.S. Army from World War II to the Iraq War, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. September 17, 2014.

Thompson, Peter G., Armed Groups: The 21st Century Threat. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

McFate, Sean, The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order. Oxford University Press. September 2014.

Abbas, Hassan, The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier. Yale University Press. June 26, 2014.

Meredith III, Spencer,  Nuclear Energy Safety and International Cooperation: Closing the World’s Most Dangerous Reactors. Routledge, 2014.

Ucko, David H. and Robert Egnell, Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare. Columbia University Press, 2013.

Ospina Ovalle, Carlos. Los años en que Colombia recuperó la esperanza : Cómo la aplicación coordinada de política y estrategia logró la recuperación social, económica y de seguridad de la nación colombiana. Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, 2014.

Ospina Ovalle, Carlos. Batallas No Contadas: La Derrota Miltar del M-19. Editorial Oveja Negra, October 2014.


Abbas, Rameez, “Internal Migration and Citizenship in India,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 42 , Issue 1, 2016.

Abbas, Rameez, "Jihad Comes to India? Why Zawahiri vowed to take his fight east,” Foreign Affairs, September 11, 2014.

Gresh, Geoffrey F., "Pivoting East? Sino-Saudi Relations Amid Regional Crises", Gulf Affairs, Spring 2016.

Ucko, David H., "Regimes and Revolt: Authoritarian Ways of Counterinsurgency", War on the Rocks, January 20, 2016.

Ucko, David H., "Can Limited Intervention Work? Lessons from Britain’s Success Story in Sierra Leone", Journal of Strategic Studies, December 18, 2015.

Burnett, R.E., “Remotely Piloted Vehicles, Ubiquitous Networks, And New Manifestations of Remote Control in Open Society National Security Environments” (Chapter) in Communication And Control: Tools, Systems, And New Dimensions, by Robert MacDougal, Ed., Lexington Books, July 2015

Abbas, Hassan, "Policy Brief: ISIS Eyes Influence in Pakistan – Focus, Fears & Future Prospects", January 2, 2015

Kirby Dennis, Kris Karafa and Rebecca Patterson, "A Case for Reflection: On the Ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Detroit", Small Wars and Insurgencies, 18 November 2014.

Mats Berdal and David H. Ucko, “The United Nations and the Use of Force: Between Promise and Peril”, Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 37, no. 5. 2014.

Rebecca Patterson and Jodi Vittori, "Why Military Officers Should Study Political Economy", Joint Force Quarterly, Vol. 75, September 30, 2014.

Ospina Ovalle, GEN (ret.) Carlos and Thomas A. Marks, “Colombia: Changing Strategy Amidst the Struggle,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, June 19, 2014.

Marks, Thomas A., "Recent Titles Dealing with Indian and Nepali Maoists," Small Wars and Insurgencies, June 19, 2014.

Fisher, Benjamin, "Review of Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group, 2005-2012,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, June 19, 2014.

Ucko, David H., “The Real Myths of Counterinsurgency", War on the Rocks, June 14, 2014.  

Ucko, David H., “Critics gone wild: Counterinsurgency as the root of all evil," Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol. 25, no. 1, 28 May 2014.

Ucko, David H., “Best Practice or Best Strategy: Can New Counterinsurgency Doctrine Win Future Wars?” International Relations and Security Network, May 27, 2014. 

Ucko, David H., "Small is Beautiful: El Salvador's Lessons and non-Lessons for the Indirect Approach," War on the Rocks, May 15, 2014.

Ucko, David H. and Robert Egnell,  "Options for Avoiding Counterinsurgencies". Parameters, Vol. 44, no. 1, Spring 2014.

Pokalova, Elena. "Legislative Responses to Terrorism: What Drives States to Adopt New Counterterrorism Legislation" Terrorism and Political Violence. 2014.

Marks, Thomas A. "Colombia: Learning Institutions Enable Integrated Response, PRISM, Vol. 1, No. 4, 2014."

Novo, Andrew R. "The God Dilemma: Faith, the Church, and Political Violence in Cyprus" Journal of Modern Greek Studies, October 2, 2013.

Pokalova, Elena. "Authoritarian Regimes against Terrorism: lessons from China." Critical Studies on Terrorism, January 18, 2013.

McFate, Sean, "Building Better Armies: An Insider's Account of Liberia". Strategic Studies Institute, November 12, 2013.

Burnett, R.E. “A Future Scenario for a National Security Critical Infrastructure: The Human Information Appliance, the Mesh and the Future Production of Intelligence, “ Homeland Security Review, No. 65, 2013.

Berdal Mats, and David H. Ucko, “Introduction to the DDR Forum: Rethinking the Reintegration of Former Combatants”. International Peacekeeping, Vol. 20, no. 3, November 7, 2013.

Ucko, David H., “Beyond Clear-Hold-Build: Rethinking Local-Level Counterinsurgency after Afghanistan”. Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 34, no. 3, October 23, 2013. 

Ucko, David H., “Counterinsurgency in El Salvador: the lessons and limits of the indirect approach”. Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol. 24, no. 4, 2013.

Ucko, David. H., "The Five Fallacies of the Clear-Hold-Build: Counter-insurgency, Governance and Development at the Local Level". The RUSI Journal, Vol. 158, no. 3, June 27, 2013.

Ucko, David H., "Clear-Hold-Build-Fail? Rethinking Local-Level Counterinsurgency". War on the Rocks, 7 Nov. 2013.


Left: Dr. Michael Bell, Chancellor of CISA, introduces Dr. Hassan Abbas in the National Defense University Special Collections Room at the book launch for Abbas' book: The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier.

Right: Dr. David Ucko describes his research for his book Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare.