40 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.

    Cyberspace as a Battlespace: Irregular Warfare through Bits and Bytes

    Cyberspace as a Battlespace: Irregular Warfare through Bits and Bytes

    What is the intersection between cyber and irregular warfare? Should the United States consider cyberspace a typical or exquisite domain? How did the counterterrorism fight serve as a proving ground for the application of these emerging capabilities? This episode examines the character of cyber warfare—both in its relationship to irregular warfare and in its applicability to broader national security approaches—and features a conversation with Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider and Admiral Mike Rogers.
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    • 53 min
    Special Operations Forces and Great Power Competition

    Special Operations Forces and Great Power Competition

    Will the role and capabilities required of special operations forces change in a geopolitical context characterized by great power competition? How will SOF balance enduring counterterrorism missions with new requirements to deter great power rivals? This episode examines those questions and more and features a discussion with General Richard Clarke, commander of US Special Operations Command, and Linda Robinson, a leading researcher on special operations forces and author of two books on the subject.
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    • 56 min
    What Have We Learned from Twenty Years of War?

    What Have We Learned from Twenty Years of War?

    What lessons should the United States and its allies take from twenty years of irregular warfare since 9/11? What will the future of irregular warfare look like? Episode 38 of the Irregular Warfare Podcast is a recording of the keynote policy panel, featuring prominent scholars and practitioners, from the inaugural Irregular Warfare Initiative conference held on September 10, 2021. The panelists address these questions and discuss the overarching theme of the changing character of irregular warfare.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    On the Road to Jihad: The Role of Foreign Fighters in Irregular Warfare

    On the Road to Jihad: The Role of Foreign Fighters in Irregular Warfare

    Foreign fighters play an influential role in Islamic extremist groups. They tend to be more violent, more committed, and more resistant to reconciliation than their indigenous counterparts. Perhaps most significantly, they act as vectors of extremism, moving between zones of conflict, and sometimes returning to their countries of origin to instigate acts of terrorism. Our guests on this episode, Jasmine El-Gamal and Nate Rosenblatt, have researched the problem extensively for almost two decades. They predict that the next wave of extremism fueled by this phenomenon is gathering momentum even now and could pose an even greater threat to global security than its predecessors.
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    • 50 min
    Information Operations for the Information Age: IO in Irregular Warfare

    Information Operations for the Information Age: IO in Irregular Warfare

    When information can travel globally at the tap of a finger, irregular warfare professionals must contend with an ever-changing environment. How does strategic messaging tie into operations on the battlefield? How can we build a more information-savvy force? And how can information act as both weapon and warfighting space? Raphael Cohen and Brent Colburn join this episode to discuss these vital questions and more.
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    • 46 min
    Lessons from the Hardest Place: Twenty Years of War in Afghanistan

    Lessons from the Hardest Place: Twenty Years of War in Afghanistan

    What lessons should the United States military take from twenty years of war in Afghanistan? This episode focuses on US efforts in the Pech valley, where the United States waged an enduring counterinsurgency and counterterrorism campaign over many years. Our guests, Wesley Morgan and retired Colonel Bill Ostlund, argue that the Pech represents a microcosm of the broader US war effort in Afghanistan, and that the collapse of the Afghan government following the withdrawal of US forces from the country in August 2021 was foreseeable by looking at what happened in the valley after US forces withdrew years earlier.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

mrschase1 ,

Great Podcast!!

I love listening to this podcast and it’s ranked as my #1 podcast. I’m always recommending it to my friends and colleagues. The topics discussed are always thought provoking and intriguing. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone.

50H40 ,

Why should we listen to you?

Why should we listen to you when you have been wrong about everything for the past 30 years? All these types of podcasts say the same thing about building alliances, deploy all over the world etc. but we have been doing that for decades and we are worse off today than we were in the 90’s. This is the same old song but you people never get anything right. Why don’t you try something different bc what you have been doing is not working.

thay2034 ,

Fantastic!

Great podcast to stay up to date with security studies and practical experiences with IW

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