Center for Strategic Communication

Narco-cartels as MBAs Doing 4GW

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen”]   Yale organizational behaviorist Rodrigo Canales has an interesting talk on the Narco-insurgency in Mexico ( which he correctly sees as having been as lethal as Syria’s civil war). While this won’t be...

Manea interviews Kilcullen at SWJ

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen”] Octavian Manea, the interviewer par excellence of Small Wars Journal, steps up with an interview with COIN guru and former USG senior adviser Dr. David Kilcullen: Future of Warfare in a Post-COIN Conflict Climate...

Heavy Metal: When Irregulars Go Armored

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen”] If the symbol of the 20th century insurgent was the AK-47 and a red banner, his 21st century counterpart may someday be recognized by the suicide belt and the “homemade tank”. Irregular fighters have always...

Two Manea COIN Interviews at SWJ

[by Mark Safranski AKA “zen”] Octavian Manea has two excellent interviews up at SWJ; for those interested in COIN theory and history, these are must-reads: Learning From Today’s Crisis of Counterinsurgency SWJ: What is the relevance of post-9/11...