U.S. Approaches to Irregular Warfare

IWP 657
Four credits

This course examines counterinsurgency as a core challenge for U.S. statecraft, one that has endured throughout our history and that today is again at the forefront of U.S. national security concerns-and will likely remain both relevant and a challenge for years to come. The course will examine not only military perspectives on counterinsurgency throughout U.S. history but also the theories and practices of political development and sources of rebellion, the U.S. approach and significant limitations to "nation-building," and the broader challenges of developing and executing an integrated U.S. strategy that combines all the tools of statecraft-military forces, intelligence, diplomacy and strategic communications, economic assistance, and public administration support.

Semester Available


Spring Semester

Special Note


Previously entitled, "Theory and Practice of U.S. Counterinsurgency"

Principal Professor


   S. John Tsagronis
Senior Adviser for the Special Operations Integration Group, SOCOM/NCR {read more}