Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups

Established in 2008, our Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups pursues the study of contemporary irregular warfare and non-state actors.

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About The Center on Irregular Warfare & Armed Groups

The Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the challenges presented by irregular warfare (IW) and non-state actors (armed groups) in the 21st Century. Established in 2008 by a team of U.S. Naval War College Strategy and Policy professors, the goal of the CIWAG is to promote and support research and teaching on irregular warfare and armed groups. Additionally, the CIWAG facilitates interaction and collaboration between professional military educational institutions, civilian academics and battlefield practitioners.

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Operational Objectives

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CIWAG Case Studies

One of CIWAG’s missions is to bring cutting edge research on Irregular Warfare into the Joint Professional Military Educational (JPME) curricula.

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CIWAG Symposium

CIWAG hosts an annual symposium each year at the Naval War College.  The purpose of the symposium is to focus needed attention on irregular warfare and bring together scholars and operators in order to stimulate interaction between the two communities.

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CIWAG Leadership

Our experienced and renowned faculty has years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval and educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.

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CIWAG Newsletter - The Patrol

The Patrol is a weekly roundup of stories on irregular warfare and armed groups from around the world. To subscribe to the patrol, please fill out the form below, for an example please click here.