Three Lessons from Contemporary Challenges to Security
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CARLISLE BARRACKS United States
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There are well over 100 small, irregular, asymmetric, and revolutionary wars ongoing around the world today.1 In these conflicts, there is much to be learned by anyone who has the responsibility of dealing with, analyzing, or reporting on national security threats generated by state and nonstate political actors who do not rely on highly structured organizations, large numbers of military forces, or costly weaponryfor example, transnational criminal organizationTCOganginsurgent phenomena or politicized gangs. In any event, and in any phase of a criminal or revolutionary process, violent nonstate actors have played substantial roles in helping their own organizations andor political patrons coerce radical political change and achieve putative power. In these terms, TCOganginsurgent phenomena can be as important as traditional hegemonic nation-states in determining political patterns and outcomes in national and global affairs. Additionally, these cases demonstrate how the weakening of national stability, security, and sovereignty can indirectly contribute to personal and collective insecurity and to achieving radical political change. These cases are also significant beyond their uniqueness.
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