•Modify the Type of Government–NPA, FARC, Shining Path, Iranian Revolution, FMLN, Karen National Liberation Army•Identity or Ethnic Issues–LTTE, PLO, Hutu-Tutsi Genocides, Kosovo Liberation Army, PIRA•Drive out Foreign Power–Afghan Mujahidin, Vietcong, Chechen Revolution, Hizbollah, Hizbol Mujahedeen•Religious Fundamentalism–Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Taliban, Al Qaeda•Modernization or Reform–Niger Delta (MEND), Revolution United Front (RUF), Orange Revolution, Solidarity
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- “Depression is the inability to construct a future.” – The existential psychologist Rollo May would have a field day with the American security community today. A pervading sense of frustration seemed to color the responses. None of the more than 20 experts was exultant and most were downright gloomy. This is notable in that they were asked about an operation in which U.S. forces have not lost a single battle nor life. Certain aspects of the future of warfare seem easier than ever, but not the part that matters most: achieving victory.
- The Future of War is ‘Mad Men’ Meets ‘Game of Thrones’ – War is about politics by other means, but the storylines, structures, and maybe even ends of politics in the 21stcentury are shifting. Social media and strange alliances characterize this fight as much as the traditional tools, meaning Don Draper and Littlefinger might be apt players today. The concern is that in both the sale and ugly strategy of war, non-state actors are more nimble, more successful, or at least more disruptive than ever. How to counter that will shape the future of war.
- History is the Future; The Future is History – Again and again, the experts cited ways in which history seemed to be either repeating itself or was being ignored. Perhaps then the secret to the future of war may be how better to apply the lessons of the past to today’s fight?