12 episodes

The Irregular Warfare Podcast explores an important component of war throughout history. Small wars, drone strikes, special operations forces, counterterrorism, proxies—this podcast covers the full range of topics related to irregular war and features in-depth conversations with guests from the military, academia, and the policy community. The podcast is a collaboration between the Modern War Institute at West Point and Princeton's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project.

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The Irregular Warfare Podcast explores an important component of war throughout history. Small wars, drone strikes, special operations forces, counterterrorism, proxies—this podcast covers the full range of topics related to irregular war and features in-depth conversations with guests from the military, academia, and the policy community. The podcast is a collaboration between the Modern War Institute at West Point and Princeton's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project.

    The Costs and Benefits of Unconventional Warfare and Subversion

    The Costs and Benefits of Unconventional Warfare and Subversion

    What are unconventional warfare and foreign subversion? Will they be important in an era of great power competition? What are some of the second- and third-order effects when states use subversion to undermine their rivals? Retired Lt. Gen. Ken Tovo and Dr. Melissa Lee join the Irregular Warfare Podcast to discuss these topics and more.
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    Outro music: "Launch" by Ketsa
    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

    • 51 min
    Counterinsurgency in the Philippines: An Inside Look at Partner Warfare

    Counterinsurgency in the Philippines: An Inside Look at Partner Warfare

    This episode is a deep dive into insurgency and counterinsurgency in the Philippines, presented through the perspectives of two guests with many years of experience in Philippine counterinsurgency efforts. Dr. Joe Felter and retired Col. Dennis Eclarin discuss the history and evolution of insurgency and counterinsurgency in the Philippines, with a focus on US support to building effective counterinsurgency forces in both the pre- and post- 9/11 eras. Based on shared operational perspectives and collaboration on research—specifically an extensive micro-conflict database—they describe what makes COIN forces effective. They then discuss the implications of their lessons learned for counterinsurgency and security efforts around the world.

    • 52 min
    The Pentagon Bureaucracy and the Human Domain of War

    The Pentagon Bureaucracy and the Human Domain of War

    What is the human domain of warfare, and will it be more or less relevant in great power competition? Who should own it? What does it take to change how the Department of Defense thinks about war? In this episode, Nick Lopez and Kyle Atwell dig into these questions and more with retired Brig. Gen. Kim Field and Dr. Sue Bryant. The conversation goes beyond defining the human domain of warfare, as the guests reveal how policy changes are considered within the Defense Department bureaucracy based on their experiences.
    Intro music: "Unsilenced" by Ketsa
    Outro music: "Launch" by Ketsa
    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

    • 44 min
    Are Some Militaries Better at Counterinsurgency than Others?

    Are Some Militaries Better at Counterinsurgency than Others?

    Are the US Marines better at counterinsurgency than the US Army? How about the British Army? If so, why? If not then what else might explain success and failure in different counterinsurgency campaigns over time? In this episode, Kyle Atwell and Nick Lopez discuss these questions with Dr. Colin Jackson and Dr. Austin Long. 
    Intro music: "Unsilenced" by Ketsa
    Outro music: "Launch" by Ketsa
    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

    • 47 min
    The Future of Irregular Warfare

    The Future of Irregular Warfare

    In Episode 8 of the Irregular Warfare Podcast, hosts Nick Lopez and Shawna Sinnott speak to best-selling authors August Cole and P.W. Singer to discuss how they see the future of irregular warfare and implications for policymakers, practitioners, and academics. The guests have conducted extensive research on how technology will drastically affect society, the economy, and all things defense-related. They use this research to tell action-packed stories, to include the best seller Ghost Fleet: a Novel of the Next World War and their recently released Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution.
    Intro music: "Unsilenced" by Ketsa
    Outro music: "Launch" by Ketsa
    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

    • 51 min
    Proxy Wars, Part 2: Opportunity and Risk in the Middle East

    Proxy Wars, Part 2: Opportunity and Risk in the Middle East

    In this episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast, Shawna Sinnott and Kyle Atwell discuss the history and context of proxy and partner warfare in the Middle East with Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Dr. Eli Berman. This is the second of a two-part discussion on fighting irregular warfare through proxy forces.
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    • 42 min

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