Journal Articles

‘Preventing Violent Extremism through the United Nations: The Rise and Fall of a Good Idea’, International Affairs (forthcoming).

‘Beyond the Unidades de Polícia Pacificadora: Countering Comando Vermelho’s Criminal Insurgency’, w/ Claudio Ramos da Cruz, Small Wars & Insurgencies (forthcoming).

Counterinsurgency as Armed Reform: The Political History of the Malayan Emergency‘, Journal of Strategic Studies (2018).

Colombia’s War-to-Peace Transition: Cautionary Lessons from Other Cases‘, w/ GEN Carlos A. Ospina, Thomas A. Marks, Military Review (July-August 2016).

Can Limited Intervention Work? Lessons from Britain’s Success Story in Sierra Leone‘, Journal of Strategic Studies 39, no. 1 (2016).

“The People are Revolting”: An Anatomy of Authoritarian Counterinsurgency‘, Journal of Strategic Studies 39, no. 1 (2016).

The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping Operations: Problems and Prospects’, w/ M. Berdal, RUSI Journal 160, no. 1 (2015).

The United Nations and the Use of Force: Between Promise and Peril’, w/ M. Berdal Journal of Strategic Studies 37, no. 5 (2014).

Critics Gone Wild: Counterinsurgency as the Root of All Evil‘, Small Wars and Insurgencies, 25:1 (2014).

On Intervention: Avoiding Counterinsurgencies‘, w/ Robert Egnell, Parameters, 44:1 (2014) — winner of the 2014 Elihu Root Prize, awarded to the best article published in Parameters on any aspect of strategic landpower, contemporary or historical.

‘Counterinsurgency in El Salvador: The Lessons and Limits of the Indirect Approach’, Small Wars and Insurgencies, 24:4 (2014).

Introduction to the DDR Forum: Rethinking the Reintegration of Former Combatants‘, International Peacekeeping, 20,3 (2013).

Beyond Clear-Hold-Build: Rethinking Local-Level Counterinsurgency after Afghanistan‘, Contemporary Security Policy, 34:3 (2013) — nominated for the 2013 Bernard Brodie Prize, awarded to the outstanding article of the year

The Five Fallacies of Clear-Hold-Build: Counter-insurgency, Governance and Development at the Local Level’, RUSI Journal, 158:3 (2013).

Counterinsurgency After Afghanistan: A Concept in Crisis‘, PRISM, 3:1 (December 2011)

Counterinsurgency and its Discontents: Assessing the Value of a Divisive Concept‘, SWP Research Paper, 6, (April 2011).

Peacebuilding After Afghanistan: Between Promise and Peril’, Contemporary Security Policy, 31:3 (2010) — nominated for the 2010 Bernard Brodie Prize, awarded to the outstanding article of the year

Lessons from Basra: The Future of British Counter-insurgency’, Survival, 52:4 (2010).

‘The Malayan Emergency: The Legacy and Relevance of a Counterinsurgency Success-Story’, Defence Studies, 10:1-2 (2010).

‘Les dilemmes de la doctrine de contre-insurrection américaine : répétition, pertinence et effet’, Sécurité Globale, 10 (Hiver 2010).

‘NATO at 60’, Mats Berdal & David Ucko, Survival, 51:2 (2009).

Militias, Tribes and Insurgents: The Challenge of Political Reintegration in Iraq‘, Conflict, Security & Development, 8:3 (October 2008).

‘Innovation or Inertia: The U.S. Military and the Learning of Counterinsurgency’, Orbis, 52:2 (Spring 2008).

‘Countering Insurgents Through Distributed Operations: Insights from Malaya 1948-1960’, Journal of Strategic Studies, 30:1 (2007) — winner of the 2007 Amos Perlmutter Prize, awarded to the most outstanding article written that year by a junior faculty member.

‘US Counterinsurgency in the Information Age’, Jane’s Intelligence Review, 17:10 (December 2005).