My latest postgraduate paper for King's College London ("Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the Modern Era: Forms, Framings, and the Future") is now out:
Over the course of the past few decades, the world has seen far more insurgency than could ever have been imagined. Although insurgencies have now inextricably merged with the efforts of terror groups and evolved alongside the quick pace of technology, the very idea of a major modern power facing an insurgency would have seemed quaint only two decades prior: while failed states occasionally saw civil wars and weak states insurgencies, they were easily quarantined and not a concern of the major powers. However, in 2017, there exist countless insurgencies -- both traditional and global -- that present a variety of threats to a variety of actors, most surprisingly to Western states. After over a decade of active military engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq, and many years elsewhere, insurgencies both traditional and global thrive. The pertinent question, then, is clear: can and should major military powers avoid counterinsurgency in the future?
Kyle R. Brady