Center for Irregular Warfare & Armed Groups Events

Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) events bring together top academics and leaders of the special operations community to discuss emerging trends in irregular warfare and armed groups to bridge the gap between strategy, academics, and operations. These events are opportunities to expand upon the joint knowledge base of the community and foster interoperability between the military and institutions.

James Giordano, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. gives a presentation at a symposium hosted by the Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups at the school in Newport, Rhode Island.
James Giordano, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. gives a presentation at a symposium hosted by the Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the school in Newport, Rhode Island. The symposium, “Rising Tides,” explored the spectrum of challenges that scholars, operators, and practitioners will deal with in the future and included sessions titled Hard Science and Dark Futures; ISIS: Ideology and Propaganda; Grey Zone Strategies: South China Sea, Economic Warfare and Capital Markets; Food Security; Assessing Irregular Environments; Nigerian Chameleon: The Many Faces of Boko Haram; and Gibridnaya: Russian New Generation Warfare on Land and Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Daniel L. Kuester/Released)

About CIWAG Events

The U.S. Naval War College CIWAG symposia and workshops bring together U.S. and international academics, practitioners, and operators to discuss various strategic and operational challenges associated with irregular warfare and armed groups. Our next Irregular Warfare Symposium is tentatively planned for 2020; to receive further updates please email us at ciwag@usnwc.edu.

Upcoming Events

Established by a team of professors, our goal at the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups is to promote and support research, while pursuing the study of contemporary irregular warfare and non-state actors.

Most Recent Events

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Maritime Irregular Warfare Workshop

Jun. 25, 2019
Mahan Reading Room, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups has invited experts of subjects related to Maritime Irregular Warfare to discuss topics related to emerging maritime challenges facing the U.S. Navy.

James Giordano, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. gives a presentation at a symposium hosted by the Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the school in Newport, Rhode Island.

CIWAG Symposium: Access and Influence

Jun. 26, 2018
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the US Naval War College presented its 10th annual symposium, “Access and Influence,” on 26-27 June 2018.

 Paul Selian, State Street Corporation, (left), with moderator Thomas Sass, addresses a symposium hosted by the Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the school in Newport, Rhode Island.

CIWAG Symposium: Rising Tides

Jun. 27, 2017
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Over 80 US and international academics, practitioners, and operators attended to discuss various strategic and operational challenges associated with irregular warfare and armed groups.