Reports & Briefs

2016
Cruel to be Kind: Authoritarian Counterinsurgency and the Winning of Hearts and Minds‘, Lawfare, 22 May 2016.

Regimes and Revolt: Authoritarian Ways of Counterinsurgency‘, War on the Rocks, 20 January 2016.

2014
“Small is Beautiful”: El Salvador’s Lessons and Non-Lessons for the Indirect Approach‘, War on the Rocks, 15 May 2014.

Best Practice or Best Strategy: Can New Counterinsurgency Doctrine Win Future Wars?‘, The International Relations and Security Network, 27 May 2014.

The Real Myths of Counterinsurgency‘, War on the Rocks, 10 June 2014.

A Moral Imperative: Sexual Violence and the Limits of National Security‘, Kings of War, 3 March 2014.

2013
“Muslim Patrol” as Provocation Strategy?‘, Kings of War, 4 February 2013.

The Secret Legality of Drone Strikes‘, Kings of War, 6 March 2013.

Talking with the Taliban: A New ICSR Report‘, Kings of War, 15 July 2013.

Did CT Kill COIN? – Perspectives on the Special Forces Raids‘, Kings of War, 9 October 2013.

Clear-Hold-Build-Fail? Rethinking Local-Level Counterinsurgency‘, War on the Rocks, 7 November 2013.

2012
Exhumed and Abused: The Sorry Fate of the Malayan Emergency‘, Kings of War, 18 April 2012.

Sri Lanka’s “Illiberal Peace”: Implications for Western Influence‘, Kings of War, 14 July 2012.

Finding a Raw Nerve, Striking It, and Liking It‘, Kings of War, 19 September 2012.

2011
The Weather Underground: A Different Approach to Political Violence‘, Kings of War, 26 January 2011.

HBO on Marjah, Bing West on Afghanistan‘, Kings of War, 24 February 2011.

Gates on COIN’ What Was Really Said?‘, Kings of War, 27 February 2011.

Drugs Central: Al Jazeera on the War on Drugs‘, Kings of War, 29 August 2011.

Prine is Wrong (Mostly): A Reply to a Critic‘, Kings of War, 2 December 2011.

Prine Attacks! Again‘, Kings of War, 3 December 2011.

What to Make of Hamas?‘, Kings of War, 24 December 2011.

2010
The 2010 QDR and COIN: Some Initial Thoughts‘, Kings of War, 30 January 2010.

Militarising Foreign Policy: What are the Alternatives?‘, Kings of War, 17 February 2010.

Bad COIN Wins Votes (Apparently)‘, Kings of War, 1 March 2010.

Is “Counterinsurgency” an Empty Concept? Can We Do Better?‘, Kings of War, 26 March 2010.

Enemy-Centred Ideas for Afghanistan‘, Kings of War, 8 April 2010.

How Much Learning is Enough?‘, Kings of War, 22 April 2010.

Dealing with Retrenchment‘, Kings of War, 20 July 2010.

Counterinsurgency and Its Discontents‘, Kings of War, 22 July 2010.

Some Unspoken Truths about NATO‘, Kings of War, 22 September 2010.

Resetting Article 5: Toward a New Understanding of NATO’s Security Guarantees‘, World Politics Review, 26 October 2010.

The Shady Politics of UN Security Council Reform‘, Kings of War, 9 November 2010.

2009
‘The Role of Economic Instruments in Ending Conflicts: Priorities and Constraints’, IISS Economics and Conflict Resolution Programme, Report on IISS Roundtable on 6 May 2009 at the National Press Club, Washington DC.

2008
‘Upcoming Iraqi Elections Must Consolidate Security Gains of “Sons of Iraq”’, World Politics Review, 20 May 2008.

2006
Israel’s Strategic Victory in Lebanon‘, openDemocracy, 20 October 2006.

2004
‘African peacekeeping – Revival or Relapse?’, Mats Berdal & David Ucko (not attributed) Strategic Comments, 10:5 (2004).

2002
‘Suicide attacks – a tactical weapon system’, David Ucko & Christopher Langton, International Institute for Strategic Studies, May 2002.

2001-03
Multiple reports for the International Institute for Strategic Studies Armed Conflict Database, 2001-2003.