Counterinsurgency Focused Research
Subsequent to the events of 9/11 2001, the U.S. and its coalition partners have been involved in counterinsurgency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, the Philippines, and elsewhere for longer than the U.S. was engaged in World War II. One consequence is that the body of literature examining various aspects of counterinsurgency in its various dimensions has grown voluminous. However, a review of this body of literature reveals that a great deal of what continues to be written is simply a rehash of what has been said before, while many other dimensions of counterinsurgency that need research and analysis remain simply unexplored in any systematic way. For example, there is a dearth of literature discussing either theory or actual employment of both armor and artillery in a counterinsurgency environment.
Moreover, as the world security environment continues to evolve along with the nature of modern Counterinsurgency due to such influences as shrinking availability of natural resources or globalization of the media, certain trends in the relationship of nations and societies continue to create fissures between cultural and political blocs on a massive scale. Such conditions are conducive to the future rise of complex Counterinsurgency or Counterinsurgency-like conflicts which we will likely have to face.
To help rectify the dearth of knowledge noted above, we invite all parties interested in expanding the scope of knowledge about the many unexplored dimensions of Counterinsurgency or Counterinsurgency-like conflicts to participate by identifying specific issues that need to be explored in detail, or by conducting research and submitting their findings to the USA/USMC Counterinsurgency Center for electronic publication on the Counterinsurgency Colloquium Journal/Forum. Procedures for submission are explained in more detail on the Counterinsurgency Colloquium page. Additionally, on a limited basis, the USA/USMC Counterinsurgency will provide focused assistance to researchers who are examining issues of high priority interest to the Counterinsurgency Center mainly through helping them find materials or facilitate access to subject matter experts.
Counterinsurgency Center Sponsored Research
Call for Counterinsurgency Issues
Irrespective of our experience to date with counterinsurgency in far flung corners of the world, many dimensions of counterinsurgency still remain simply unexplored in any systematic way still and are in need research and analysis.
Moreover, the changes in the world security environment due to adverse environmental changes, exploding populations, shrinking resources, and rapidly expanding globalization make the rise of complex Counterinsurgency or Counterinsurgency-like conflicts highly likely.
To help promote research into the many unexplored dimensions of Counterinsurgency or Counterinsurgency-like conflicts that we now encounter - and that we are likely to encounter - we invite all those interested in expanding the scope of Counterinsurgency knowledge to submit suggestions regarding which specific areas of Counterinsurgency need to be more closely examined and analyzed in order to anticipate and develop effective solutions. Recommended topics may be submitted as brief one-line suggestions (see below notional examples); or in a more elaborate executive summary style not to exceed 50 words.
These may be submitted using one of the following methods:
Topic:¬†¬†Employment of Armor in a Counterinsurgency environment
Topic:¬†¬†Employment of Artillery in a Counterinsurgency environment
Call for Counterinsurgency Manuscripts
The USA/USMC Counterinsurgency Center seeks well-researched, well-written manuscripts of between 1,500 to 4,000 words on Counterinsurgency-related subjects relevant to practitioners. Manuscripts accepted for publication will be posted in quarterly issues of the Colloquium. The purpose is to promote research, discussion, and debate on emerging issues related to Counterinsurgency. Recent articles have focused on:
Manuscripts should be original, previously unpublished, and not copyrighted. They can be submitted by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail to:
Mail:¬†¬† USA/USMC Counterinsurgency Center
For more information or clarification please call (913) 684-5165 or (DSN) 552-5165.
The Colloquium is the USA/USMC Counterinsurgency Center‚Äôs quarterly e-publication. ¬†The purpose of this forum is to expand the venues available to authors to publish Counterinsurgency-relevant research and stimulate discussion on topics relevant to practitioners. Articles are posted as .pdf links in blog entries, and readers can respond in comments fields.
When the Counterinsurgency Center receives a manuscript intended for publication in the Colloquium, editorial staff first conduct an internal review. If necessary, Colloquium editorial staff will then seek an external review of articles. By design, the process of manuscript selection is less rigorous than for more formal publications, in order to expedite the review process and provide more authors the opportunity to publish their ideas.
After publication in the Colloquium, manuscripts remain the property of the author. Those seeking permission to quote or use material in Colloquium articles must do so from the authors themselves.
One objective of the Colloquium is to establish a forum in which authors can refine their ideas and promote their manuscripts for publication elsewhere. In accordance with its mission to stimulate and promote research, the Counterinsurgency Center will assist where it can to promote the reprinting of manuscripts that appear in the Colloquium.
Counterinsurgency Center Sponsored Research
The USA/USMC Counterinsurgency CENTER supports a limited number of selected researchers in an intensive sponsored relationship to assist them in obtaining both research material as well as access to subject matter experts for projects directly related to Counterinsurgency or Counterinsurgency-like issues of special interest to the Counterinsurgency Center.
As part of this process, we post on our webpage a Curriculum Vitae of the individual sponsored, an abstract of the research projects for which assistance is being provided, and a summary of projects either completed or expected to be completed with a projected publication venue. In addition, contact information to the research is provided to enable readers to communicate directly with him/her in order to provide leads on additional information that might be useful with regard to the specific issue under examination.
As sponsored-researchers complete their projects, portions of the research will be posted in the Counterinsurgency Colloquium to provide readers an overview summary of conclusions reached and relevance to the body of knowledge related to Counterinsurgency.
It is important to emphasize that the conclusions and manuscripts of the projects either, in their draft or completed form, remain proprietary to the individuals who conducted the research. Though the Counterinsurgency Center seeks to promote research and publicize the findings, permission to use the material or conclusions developed must be obtained from the authors themselves.
In accordance with its mission to stimulate and promote research, the Counterinsurgency Center will assist where it can to promote placement of research that appears to provide new and important insights into Counterinsurgency issues.
Last Reviewed: October 18, 2011