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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.

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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.

    How a Group of Women Brought the Fight to the Islamic State

    How a Group of Women Brought the Fight to the Islamic State

    How did the United States leverage local partners in the fight against the Islamic State? What were the unique dynamics of partnering with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, particularly the Women’s Protection Units? What can this case teach us about warfare, will, and relationships? Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Daughters of Kobani, and retired General Joseph Votel, former commander of US Central Command, join this episode to discuss these questions and more.

    • 39 min
    Irregular Warfare in the Next World War

    Irregular Warfare in the Next World War

    What would a conflict with China look like? How will irregular warfare fit into a conflict before and during large-scale combat operations? Retired Admiral James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman explore the theme of escalation to large-scale conflict in their New York Times best seller 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, and they join this episode to discuss those questions and more. 

    • 44 min
    The Harsh Lessons of Anbar: Insurgency, the Awakening, and the rise of ISIS

    The Harsh Lessons of Anbar: Insurgency, the Awakening, and the rise of ISIS

    In this episode, we discuss US counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq's Anbar province, Iraq—from the 2006 surge through the rise of the Islamic State in 2013–2014—with two guests who both experienced the US COIN fight firsthand. Retired General Robert Neller served as the commandant as the Marine Corps and in 2005–2007, he was the deputy commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in Anbar. Dr. Carter Malkasian is a historian who served as an advisor to US military leadership in Iraq and is the author of Illusions of Victory: The Anbar Awakening and the Rise of the Islamic State.

    • 53 min
    From SAR to GFA: The ABCs of Conflict Prevention and Stabilization

    From SAR to GFA: The ABCs of Conflict Prevention and Stabilization

    How can the military and civilians work together to prevent or manage conflict? Two seminal policy initiatives, the Stabilization Assistance Review and the Global Fragility Act, provide important answers by emphasizing an alignment of defense, development, and diplomatic efforts and delineating clear roles for respective actors in addressing violence and instability. This episode examines how they have fundamentally reshaped the way the US government conceives and responds to conflict around the world based on lessons learned from places like Afghanistan and Iraq.
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    • 40 min
    Airpower in Irregular Warfare

    Airpower in Irregular Warfare

    Aviation has played an important role in irregular warfare, from its use by the British against rebellious tribesmen in Iraq and Transjordan in the interwar period to the era of the unblinking eye and precision strike in Afghanistan. Our guests in this episode—retired US Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Trask and Dr. James Kiras—discuss this evolution in the use of airpower to support ground forces. As they explain, rapid technological advances have helped perfect the employment of airpower, and yet the role of aviation in war has not significantly changed to this point. However, that with the transition to more distributed operations across the globe, it will no longer be possible to provide the level of responsive support to which the US military has become accustomed.
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    • 50 min
    Masters of Irregular Warfare—Past, Present, and Future

    Masters of Irregular Warfare—Past, Present, and Future

    Irregular warfare practitioners have played a major role in just about every war over the past 250 years. In this episode, Dr. John Arquilla and Maj. Gen. John Brennan explain how the masters of irregular warfare have been able to achieve strategic effects even while losing tactical-level engagements—and offer recommendations for how to prepare and employ irregular warfare capabilities to address the major threats to US national security in the future.
    SPECIAL NOTE: We recently announced the launch of a new project—the Irregular Warfare Initiative. Along with the podcast episodes we release every two weeks, we are now publishing regular written content—commentary and analysis on a range of topics related to irregular warfare. If you would like to submit an article for consideration, please email kyle.atwell@irregularwarfare.org. 
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    Outro music: "Launch" by Ketsa
    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 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.

thay2034 ,

Fantastic!

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

big god end ,

Incredibly informative, well researched, and great guests!

All of the hosts are well rounded in terms of the information they know. They ask intellectually stimulating questions and bring on subject matter experts for the topic at hand.

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