Institute for the Study of Asymmetric Conflict

Reading List

The following books are suggested to supplement and expand the material of the course.


The following articles are intended to supplement the course.  Many of these are available online.

  • Arquilla, John and Ronfeldt, David. “The Advent of Netwar” RAND, Corporation. MR-789-OSD. 1996.
  • Biddle, Stephen D.  and Friedman, Jeffrey A.  “The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy”. Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College. September 25, 2008.
  • Cassidy, Robert M. 2006, Counterinsurgency and the global war on terror : military culture and irregular war / Robert M. Cassidy Praeger. 2006
  • Hammes, T.X. "The Evolution of War: The Fourth Generation", Marine Corps Gazette, September 1994.
  • Hammes, T. X. (Colonel USMC, Retired.) "Developments in 4GW", Military Review, May-June 2007.
  • Hammes, T.X., “Fourth generation warfare evolves, fifth emerges.” Military Review. May 01, 2007. 
  • Lind, William S. "Understanding Fourth Generation Warfare". Military Review, September-October, 2004.
  • William S. Lind, Colonel Keith Nightengale (USA),  Captain John F. Schmitt (USMC), Colonel Joseph W. Sutton (USA), and Lieutenant Colonel Gary I. Wilson (USMCR), “The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation”. Marine Corps Gazette, October 1989.
  • Merom, Gil. How Democracies Lose Small Wars: State, Society, and the Failures of France in Algeria, Israel in Lebanon, and the United States in Vietnam. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003.
  • Page, Jeremy, “Guerrilla tactics - how the Tamil Tigers were beaten in an ‘unwinnable’ war”. The Times. May 19, 2009 
  • Radlauer, Don, "An Engineeered Tragedy: Statistical Analysis of Casualties in the Palestinian - Israeli Conflict,

    September 2000 - September 2002

  • Radlauer, Don, “Online Communities as Pathways to Extremism”, In Boaz Ganor, Katharina von. Knop, and Carlos Duarte, editors, Hypermedia Seduction for Terrorist Recruiting.
  • Radlauer, Don. “Rational Choice Deterrence and Israeli Counter-Terrorism”. In Intelligence and Security Informatics. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. 2005.
  • Shahar, Yael. “The internet as a tool for intelligence and counter–terrorism.” In Boaz Ganor, Katharina von. Knop, and Carlos Duarte, editors, Hypermedia Seduction for Terrorist Recruiting.
  • Shahar, Yael. "Al-Qaida: A vindication for Constructivism?
  • Van Creveld, Martin. “The Fate of the State”, Parameters, Spring 1996, pp. 4-18.