THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES


THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES, the eminent soldier-scholar David Kilcullen asks how, and what, opponents of the West have learned during the last quarter-century of conflict. Applying a combination of evolutionary theory and detailed field observation, he explains what happened to the “snakes”—non-state threats including terrorists and guerrillas-and the “dragons”—state-based competitors such as Russia and China.


A counterintuitive look at this new, vastly more complex environment, THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES will not only reshape our understanding of the West’s enemies’ capabilities, but will also show how we can respond given the increasing limits on US power.


THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES, the eminent soldier-scholar David Kilcullen asks how, and what, opponents of the West have learned during the last quarter-century of conflict. Applying a combination of evolutionary theory and detailed field observation, he explains what happened to the “snakes”—non-state threats including terrorists and guerrillas-and the “dragons”—state-based competitors such as Russia and China.

A counterintuitive look at this new, vastly more complex environment, THE DRAGONS AND THE SNAKES will not only reshape our understanding of the West’s enemies’ capabilities, but will also show how we can respond given the increasing limits on US power.


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“[Kilcullen’s] ideas about how to fight for peace in a

dangerous world should be read and discussed not only by diplomats, defense officials, and military officers, but also by citizens concerned about securing a better future for their children.”


— H.R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor and author of Dereliction of Duty


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