Publications by Sebastian Gorka

The Complexity Trap

Publication Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012

We live in a world of unprecedented complexity, or so we are told. President Obama's words above echo an increasingly common narrative in the American foreign policy and national security establishments: the forces of globalization, rising nonstate actors, irregular conflict, and proliferating destructive technologies have made crafting sound national security strategy more elusive than ever before.   {read more}

Inside Al-Qaeda

Publication Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

SEPTEMBER 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of America's longest ever war, the war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Four months earlier, on May 2, 2011, the founder and head of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, was killed in Pakistan by members of U.S. Seal Team VI. The war is far from over; but given these two historical markers, we should pause to examine the way of war that brought us September 11, 2001 (9/11), and the strategy behind the deadliest terrorist organization in the modern history of irregular warfare.  {read more}

Ten Years On: The Evolution of the Terrorist Threat

Publication Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This testimony by Prof. Sebastian Gorka was presented to the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the House Armed Services Committee on June 22, 2011.  {read more}

An Actor-centric Theory of War

Understanding the Difference Between COIN and Counterinsurgency

Publication Date: Saturday, January 1, 2011

This article co-authored by Sebastian Gorka and David Kilcullen appeared in Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 60, 1st quarter 2011.  {read more}

Getting the Next War Right

Beyond Population-Centric Warfare

Publication Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

As the famous Prussian general once warned, the first priority is to ascertain what type of conflict is to be fought.   {read more}

The Age of Irregular Warfare: So What?

Publication Date: Friday, April 2, 2010

As the new Joint Operating Concept for Irregular Warfare hits combatant commands and doctrine shops across the U.S. military, we find ourselves searching for new intellectual aids and policy tools that can provide certainty in an age that seems increasingly unpredictable and "irregular."  {read more}

Contextualizing Counterinsurgency

Publication Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009

This article co-authored by Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Sloan appeared in The Journal of International Security Affairs, Spring 2009.  {read more}

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