IRREGULAR WARFARE IS GREAT POWER COMPETITION – PART 2

WAR ROOM welcomes back Michael Ferguson as he continues to look at the future of irregular warfare (IW) and special operations forces (SOF) in great power competition. Ferguson ties together the specific attributes of IW as it plays out in the realm of political warfare and the avoidance of full blown warfare. He makes the case for greater incorporation of IW back into the next round of National Security and National Defense Strategies. This is the second part of a two part article.

RUSSIAN EXPANSION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF HYBRID WARFARE

Cyber-attacks intentionally targeted the information systems of the Georgian government, where the flow of communications revolved around particular websites. In 2008, during the Summer Olympics in Beijing, the Russian armed forces began an invasion of Georgia through South Ossetia. The war with Georgia lasted only five days, and there were less than 1,000 battle deaths […]

THE QUDS DILEMMA: DEALING WITH IRAN’S INTERNATIONAL ARM

The Quds Force, however, has been incredibly adaptive in sustaining a substantial cash flow with help of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. Despite the decapitating airstrike killing General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps-Quds Force (hereafter Quds Force), the functionality of his organization remains. This proxy network of […]

NEGLECT AND ATTENTION IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE

There is no “Latin America” right? It is a region made up of independent sovereign countries, some with different histories, some with different languages…based on that they’re going to have different relationships with the United States. In the present day examination of global security, much of the United States’ attention is focused on the Middle […]

RUSSIA, LIBYA AND WEAPONIZING HUMAN MIGRATION

THE KREMLIN’S ABILITY TO UNLEASH MILLIONS OF MIGRANTS GIVES PUTIN STRATEGIC LEVERAGE OVER EUROPE SINCE EVEN THE THREAT TO UNLEASH MASS MIGRATION MAY DESTABILIZE ALREADY FRAGILE EU AND NATO ALLIANCES WITHOUT DIRECT CONFLICT. Russian deployment of private military companies to support the insurgent Libya National Army (LNA) supports the Kremlin’s ambitions to gain access to critical […]

RUSSIA, GREAT POWER COMPETITION, & POLITICS OF HYBRID WAR

At the end of the day, what Putin really wants to re-structure European relationships [from the EU’s] rules-based Europe towards a [transactionally-based] Great Power Europe A BETTER PEACE presents “Russia, Great Power Competition, & Politics of Hybrid War” where Mitchell Orenstein and Darrell Driver discuss the history of great power dynamics and interests in Europe […]

FROM BETWEEN THE HAMMER AND ANVIL: MONGOLIA’S NEW DEFENSE POLICY

Mongolia always will be sensitive to its location and attentive to the influence of its powerful neighbors [, Russia and China.] Mongolia, located in Northeast Asia, has felt itself sandwiched between Russia and China since the end of seventeenth century. Historian Thomas Ewing described Mongolia’s geostrategic situation as “between the hammer and the anvil”, while […]

THE NEW COLD WAR: HOW RUSSIA IS WINNING

President Putin is employing a strategy of exhaustion to undermine the will and resources of the United States and its allies… It is working. Despite the rumors of its demise, the Cold War is very much alive. And given the way it’s currently going, Russia could be well on its way to winning this time. […]

LEADER OF THE FAR NORTH: PUTIN FORGING A NEW RUSSIAN COALITION IN EURASIA

Vladimir Putin is seizing the initiative to reassert Moscow’s influence in Europe and Asia in an increasingly belligerent and expansionist policy. You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you…a great horde, a mighty army. — Ezekiel 38:15 The ancient Hebrew prophet Ezekiel prophesied in 570 BC of massive […]