6 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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    • 5.0, 52 Ratings

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.

    Proxy Wars, Part 1: War Through Local Agents in Africa

    Proxy Wars, Part 1: War Through Local Agents in Africa

    In this episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast, Kyle Atwell and Shawna Sinnott discuss proxy and partner warfare in Africa with retired Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks and Dr. Eli Berman. Eli and Mark discuss the objectives of proxy and partner warfare, the tools available to influence local agents, and whether the United States should increase or decrease its military and diplomatic footprint across Africa in an era of renewed great-power competition. The episode is the first in a two-part series on proxies and irregular warfare.
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    • 54 min
    Inside Insurgency: Nonstate Armed Groups in Syria and Iraq

    Inside Insurgency: Nonstate Armed Groups in Syria and Iraq

    In this episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast, Kyle Atwell and Nick Lopez discuss the inner workings of nonstate armed groups in Syria and Iraq with Dr. Vera Mironova of Harvard University and Dr. Daniel Milton of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The conversation is based on analysis of ISIS documents captured on the battlefield and hundreds of interviews with civilians and fighters on the front lines.
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    • 37 min
    Irregular Warfare Oversight in DC

    Irregular Warfare Oversight in DC

    What are the mechanics and politics that determine how the US government approaches irregular conflicts? That's the question at the center of this episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast. Hosts Nick Lopez and Kyler Atwell are joined by Mark Mitchell, former acting assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, and Pete Villano, who spent a decade as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee.

    • 41 min
    Does Building Partner Military Capacity Work?

    Does Building Partner Military Capacity Work?

    This episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast features a conversation with two guests about an important question: Does building partner military capacity work? Dr. Stephen Biddle is a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University and served as an advisor to Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Stanley McChrystal during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Matt Cancian is a doctoral candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former Marine officer who has researched Western efforts to build partner capacity among the Kurdish Pershmerga during the fight against ISIS.
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    • 41 min
    Leadership Targeting and Drones: An Effective Counterterrorism Strategy?

    Leadership Targeting and Drones: An Effective Counterterrorism Strategy?

    In the second episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast, a collaboration between the Modern War Institute and Princeton University’s Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, hosts Nick Lopez and Shawna Sinnott speak to Dr. Jenna Jordan and Dr. Asfandyar Mir. They discuss counterterrorism, the use of drones, and whether targeting terrorist groups' leaders is an effective strategy.
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    • 39 min
    What are Small Wars?

    What are Small Wars?

    The Irregular Warfare Podcast is a new collaboration between the Modern War Institute at West Point and Princeton University's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. In this inaugural episode, hosts Kyle Atwell and Nick Lopez talk to Jake Shapiro, co-director of ESOC and Col. Pat Howell, director of MWI. The conversation tackles important questions about what are often called "small wars," including material covered in Jake's book, Small Wars, Big Data.
    New episodes of the Irregular Warfare Podcast will be released every two weeks.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Nuclear Firecracker ,

Great Guest Speakers & Hosting

Outstanding IW analysis and insights. Only critique would be longer shows. However, I understand the need to balance time and the level detail.

Fun game gfdghj ,

Accessible and Informative

The Irregular Warfare Podcast does a great job introducing and explaining tactical, operational, and strategic security concepts. As a SOF professional, I found the material relevant, interesting, and accessible. I look forward to the next episode, perhaps we could see a debate-model...

MichaelP776 ,

Great broad topic explanation

I found it to be very intriguing especially with how strategy and policy was linked together and how non DoD assets were linked in with irregular warfare. It was also interesting in how the discussion of shortcomings on the political level were started in 2007 instead of addressing the issues from 2002-2006, however those issues may have been much too great to discuss in the first episode. Overall I am looking forwards to the next episode of the series.

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