Irregular Conflict and the Wicked Problem Dilemma: Strategies of Imperfection
Center for Naval Analyses Arlington United States
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Irregular conflict is neither neat nor fair. Definitionally, it is hard to describe, including as it does conflicts ranging from Somalia to Bosnia to Sierra Leone to Colombia to Iraq to Afghanistanto say nothing of Sudan, the Philippines, or Yemen. Hybrid, counterinsurgency COIN, stability operations, counterterrorism, and civil war have all been utilized as descriptions, often in combination. But if defining irregular conflict is difficult, even more difficult is knowing how to respond, especially for an outside intervener like the United States. Doctrine has now been developed, but in practice the context of an irregular conflict is generally so complex and contradictory that it is difficult to put the full doctrine effectively into practice.
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