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Narratives and Competing Messages


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This study reviews operationally relevant research on narratives, surveying a wide breadth of disciplines and industries. Additionally, the study analyzes the functions of a narrative from the initial, incipient phases of an insurgency through the later militarization and consolidation phases. A wide variety of vignettes are used to illustrate how resistance movements evolve their narratives to accommodate organizational growth or decline decline and to fit within the life cycle of the conflict. The analysis also addresses the impact of technologies used to transmit narratives.


"Little Green Men"

A Primer on Modern Russian Unconventional Warfare, Ukraine 2013-14


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This document is a brief, informative treatment concerning the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The authors drew from numerous classified and unclassified sources, including key US Department of State diplomatic cables, reports from the US intelligence community, and open-source articles, journals, and books. Because the primer examines a very recent conflict, it does not reflect a comprehensive historiography, no does it achieve in-depth analysis. Instead, it is intended to acquaint the reader with the essential background to and course of the Russian intervention in Ukraine from the onset of the crisis in late 2013 through the end of 2014.


Unconventional Warfare Case Study

The Relationship Between Iran and Lebanese Hizbollah


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This case study, focusing on Iran’s support of Hizbollah, will serve as a foundation to begin to understand how external nations or organizations support the efforts of insurgent movements (for example, in establishing and maintaining undergrounds, influencing relevant populations, etc.). The study will explore the means and methods of the support and the effects and outcomes that result from the external support.


Special Topics in Irregular Warfare

Understanding Resistance


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This collection of studies will help the reader begin to understand a variety of topics related to revolution, resistance, and insurgency, as well as other topics germane to the mission of Special Operations Forces. The collection includes primers, exploratory papers, and longer analytical papers on topics such as phases of an insurgency; threshold of violence; the public component of an insurgency; transition from resistance to government; and how a resistance cultivates legitimacy.


Case Studies in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare

Sri Lanka 1976-2009


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A companion to the study on Colombia, this case study presents a detailed account of revolutionary and insurgent activities in Sri Lanka from 1976 until 2009, with in-depth treatment of the two major insurgent groups operating during that time: the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and the JVP (People’s Liberation Front).


Case Studies in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare

Palestine Vol. I- The Zionist Insurgency 1890-1950


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This study examines the Jewish insurgencies and irregular warfare in Palestine from 1890 through 2010. This first volume examines the Zionist insurgency as it evolved from the late nineteenth century through its culmination in the establishment of the State of Israel and the Zionist's transition to governance.


Conceptual Typology of a Resistance


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Resistance is defined in this work as a form of contention or asymmetric conflict involving participant's limited or collective mobilization of subversive and/or disruptive efforts against an authority or structure. To better understand the fundamental attributes of this phenomenon, the ARIS team developed this conceptual typology of resistance. This effort seeks to both organize the interrelated concepts essential to resistance in a formalized kind hierarchy and identify how these concepts are related to each other.


Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare

Vol. I- 1933-1962


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The SORO Casebook was both an introductory piece for students of insurgency and unconventional warfare as well as an initial piece of background research for subsequent SORO studies. It contains summaries of twenty-three revolutions and insurgencies that occurred across the world during the mid-twentieth century (1927–1962) and was written to extend the Army’s knowledge of how revolutions are born, grow, and succeed or fail. This original volume primarily focuses on the Communist threat. Because the subsequent fundamentalist Islamic threat is significantly different from its Communist and Maoist predecessors, the second volume, summarizing twenty-three insurgencies and revolutions that have occurred since 1962, was written by the ARIS team to complement this original volume.


Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare

Vol. II- 1962-2009


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This casebook provides summaries of twenty-three insurgencies and revolutions that have occurred since 1962, with the goal of introducing the reader to modern-style irregular and unconventional warfare. Although its intent is not to provide in-depth analyses, the book provides sufficient background material and descriptions of the revolutions to allow comparisons and insights across a broad spectrum of cases.


Irregular Warfare

Annotated Bibliography


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This annotated bibliography is arranged according to the core tasks associated with irregular warfare: foreign internal defense, counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, and counterinsurgency. The bibliography provides readers a traditional military perspective as well as perspectives from political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists studying similar phenomena.


Human Factors Considerations of Underground in Insurgencies


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A complement to the second edition of Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary, and Resistance Warfare, this book studies the human domain as related to insurgent, revolutionary, and resistance warfare, exploring questions such as why individuals choose to join and remain in underground movements. The first edition of the book, published by SORO, was an important synthesis of a poorly understood topic and has proved to have remarkable staying power. However, in recognition of the tremendous changes in the world since the 1960s, this second edition draws on more recent work in psychology, political science, economics, sociology, organizational studies, and communications studies.


Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary and Resistance Warfare


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Since the original SORO publication in 1963, much has changed and much remains relevant. However, the original study's observation—that for every guerilla fighter, there are from two to twenty-seven underground members—is still true. Likewise, the study’s main thesis—that the underground part of an insurgency is the sine qua non of all such movements—is demonstrably accurate today. This updated edition educates the student and practitioner of insurgency and counterinsurgency, drawing on insights from the post-Cold War world to examine the anatomy of undergrounds in various insurgencies of recent history.


ARIS Guatemala Book


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This study on the Guatemalan situation between 1944 and 1954 emphasizes the role of the indigenous military during the rise of Communist influence, rather than revolutionary organization and techniques. Like its companion studies, this work analytically portrays the background, essential causes, persons, parties, movements, actions, and consequences related to the Communist influence in Guatemala to aid in developing a more general understanding of revolutionary processes.


ARIS Greece Book


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This study of Greece during World War II presents a comprehensive review of the major aspects of a guerilla campaign, including the inherent problems and possible solutions, the many aspects of tactical operations, and the complex working relationships among individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds and goals. The study also provides insight into possible reasons for tactical success in anti-guerilla combat but simultaneous failure to eradicate a guerilla movement. Particularly concerned with problems in both the exploitation and the countering of guerilla warfare, the study also carefully examines the technique used by the British to manage, support, and control the guerilla movement.


ARIS Cuba Book


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This study presents the history of the Cuban revolution and analyzes its causes and the responses to it. The foreword cites the following reasons for conducting the study: (1) the close relation of Cuban interests and those of the West; (2) the profound effect of action or the lack of action by powers outside Cuba; (3) concern that the Cuban Revolution become a prototype for Communist revolutions elsewhere; and (4) because the final form of the Cuban Revolution was so different from its initial manifestations. This final point is relevant even today. While the Cuban Revolution appeared originally to be a political protest movement with moderate aims, it grew into a major upheaval that changed the foundations of Cuban life.


ARIS Algeria Book


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A companion to the other SORO case studies, this work presents and analyzes the Algerian Revolution’s essential causes, actors, actions, and consequences to make possible the systematic comparison of one revolution with another. Its aim is to facilitate development of understanding of revolutionary processes. The two major factors that contributed to the Algerian revolution—the economic plight of the masses and the political frustration of the intellectual elite—are present still in modern-day revolutions.


Case Studies in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare

Colombia 1964-2009


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This case study presents a detailed account of revolutionary and insurgent activities in Colombia from 1964 until 2009, with in-depth treatment of four major insurgent groups: the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), the ELN (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia), the AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia), and M-19 (19th of April Movement). It provides a foundation to understand the circumstances, environment, and catalysts for revolution; the insurgent and counter-insurgent group's development, organization, modes of operation, external support, and outcomes; and the short- and long-term ramifications of the revolutionary/insurgent activities.


Legal Implications of the Status of Persons in Resistance


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This study synthesizes the prevailing issues and analysis concerning the legal status of persons involved in resistance— including individuals comprising the resistance element, US personnel supporting or countering the resistance, and the standing government— particularly in foreign internal defense, counterinsurgency, and unconventional warfare operations.


Unconventional Warfare Pocket Guide

v1.0- 2016


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This guide is a quick reference of Unconventional Warfare (UW) theory, principles, and tactics, techniques and procedures. It is not a complete treatment of the subject. To guide further study, it includes (in annotated form) as many references as possible starting with established law, policy and doctrine, includes scientific studies, and finishes with recommended reading on the subject.


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The Relationship Between Iran and Lebanese Hizbollah

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Palestine Vol. I- The Zionist Insurgency 1890-1950

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Conceptual Typology of a Resistance

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Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare
Vol. I- 1933-1962

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Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare
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Irregular Warfare Annotated Bibliography

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Human Factors Considerations of Underground
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Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary
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ARIS Guatemala Book

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ARIS Greece Book

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ARIS Cuba Book

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ARIS Algeria Book

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Case Studies in Insurgency
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Colombia 1964-2009

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Legal Implications of the Status
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Unconventional Warfare Pocket Guide
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"Little Green Men"

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