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QPME: Small Wars and Irregular Warfare

The small wars of the Marine Corps play an important part in Marine Corps history - and a provide a foundation for understanding modern-day irregular warfare and counterinsurgency operations.

Banana Wars

U.S. Marines in the Banana Wars

U.S. Naval Academy professor Aaron O’Connell talked about the history of U.S. Marine Corps military engagements in the Caribbean, from the period following the Spanish-American War in the late 1890s into the 1930s. These military actions are known as “The Banana Wars.” Professor O’Connell spoke about the strategic and economic reasons for American military involvement in that region, and compared the leadership styles of three presidents during this era.


Guerrilla Warfare

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife

Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs, entitled "Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Lessons from Iraq for Afghanistan and Beyonod" delivered by John Nagl. Given on September 22, 2011 at The Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University.

Irregular Warfare, Hybrid Threats, and the Future Role of Ground Forces

Keynote speaker Gen James Mattis talks to the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

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