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Dr. Marc Genest and Dr. Andrea Dew
Code 1A
686 Cushing Rd
Newport RI 02841-1207

The Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the challenges presented by irregular warfare (IW) and non-state actors (armed groups) in the twenty-first century.

CIWAG was founded and is co-directed by Dr. Marc Genest and Dr. Andrea Dew with Deputy Director, Captain Carl Tiska. Established in 2008 with grants from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, The Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the Naval War College Foundation, CIWAG was created to address three critical issues.

First, Naval War College students, who were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, were asking for more courses on irregular warfare and access to the latest research on this vital topic.

Second, the Naval War College was responding to the December 1, 2008 Department of Defense Directive (3000.07) about Irregular Warfare which emphasized the importance of "developing appropriate education and training programs and courses" to teach students about irregular warfare.

Third, the creation of CIWAG was also assisted by a project on Armed Groups led by Dr. Richard Shultz, Director of International Security Studies, at the Fletcher School, Tufts University and Dr. Roy Godson, President of the National Strategy Information Center.

CIWAG expands their work by providing an institutional home for symposia, seminar, workshops, and research activities that promote the systemic study of irregular warfare and armed groups.