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Publications

Options for Israel: When the Least Bad is the Best Choice, Pax Americana, October 25, 2023. https://shurkin.substack.com/p/options-for-israel

“Plus ça change: A French Approach to Naval Warfare in the 21st Century,” War on the Rocks, October 13, 2023. https://warontherocks.com/2023/10/plus-ca-change-a-french-approach-to-naval-warfare-in-the-21st-century/

“A strategic lesson from our warming relations with Vietnam,” The Hill, September 13, 2023. https://thehill.com/opinion/international/4201801-a-strategic-lesson-from-our-warming-relations-with-vietnam

“The United States Should Work with the Sahel’s New Juntas,” World Politics Review, August 28, 2023. Co-authored. https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/sahel-us-niger-coup

“Adversary Confusion: When People Lose Sight of their True Enemy,” Pax Americana, August 25, 2023. https://shurkin.substack.com/p/adversary-dysphoria-when-people-lose

“Times up for France in Africa,” Politico, August 22, 2023.

https://www.politico.eu/article/france-africa-sahel-niger-al-qaeda-islamic-state/

“The Future of War, part 2. Going Full Auto,” Pax Americana, July 13, 2023, https://shurkin.substack.com/p/the-future-of-war-part-2

“The Future of War, part 1,” Pax Americana, July 10, 2023. https://shurkin.substack.com/p/the-future-of-war-part-1

 

“Afghanistan, Mali, the Paradox of Expertise, and the Chimera of Analytical Objectivity,” Pax Americana, July 4, 2023. https://shurkin.substack.com/p/afghanistan-mali-the-paradox-of-expertise

“Don’t Abandon Burkina Faso,” War on the Rocks, June 20, 2023. https://warontherocks.com/2023/06/dont-abandon-burkina-faso/

“Is Zionism the New Colonialism? Yes. And No.” Pax Americana, May 25, 2023. https://shurkin.substack.com/p/is-zionism-colonialism-yes-and-no

“Deception Operations, by Rémy Hémez,” Wavell Room, May 12, 2023. https://wavellroom.com/2023/05/12/wavellreviews-deception-operations-by-remy-hemez/?utm_content=bufferf4616&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

“Why the French Army Will Continue to Prioritize Quality Over Mass,” War on the Rocks, April 28, 2023. https://warontherocks.com/2023/04/why-the-french-army-will-continue-to-prioritize-quality-over-mass/

 

“Macron in Beijing: Why US-China watchers need to take a deep breath,” The Hill, April 13, 2023. https://thehill.com/opinion/international/3948006-macron-in-beijing-why-us-china-watchers-need-to-take-a-deep-breath/

 

“Olaf Scholz and the New, New Europe,” Pax Americana, January 22, 2023. https://shurkin.substack.com/p/olaf-scholz-and-the-new-new-europe

 

“Rethinking the UK in Mali: It’s Time to Look Elsewhere,” Wavell Room, July 29, 2022. https://wavellroom.com/2022/07/29/rethinking-the-uk-in-mali/

 

“Strengthening Sahelian Counterinsurgency Strategy.” Africa Security Brief No. 41, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, July 25, 2022. https://africacenter.org/publication/strengthening-sahelian-counterinsurgency-strategy/

 

“French Army Approaches to High Intensity Warfare in the 21st Century,” Wavell Room, June 22, 2022. https://wavellroom.com/2022/06/22/french-army-warfare/

 

“Leçons de la guerre pour les Européens vues par un Américain,” Revue de défense nationale, April 13, 2022. https://www.defnat.com/e-RDN/vue-article.php?carticle=22847

 

« Ukraine and the Non-Battle. » Pax Americana, April 18, 2022. https://shurkin.substack.com/p/ukraine-and-the-non-battle

 

“La Russie au Sahel: vers une aggravation des situations sécuritaires et politiques (Russia in the Sahel: Towards an Aggravation of the Political and Security Situation),” Le Rubicon, April 13, 2022. https://lerubicon.org/publication/la-russie-au-sahel-vers-une-aggravation-des-situations-securitaires-et-politiques/

 

“How the Bundeswehr Should Spend its Money,” War on the Rocks, March 21, 2022. https://warontherocks.com/2022/03/how-the-bundeswehr-should-spend-its-money/

 

“What the US can learn from France’s withdrawal from Mali,” The Hill, February 18, 2022. https://thehill.com/opinion/international/594885-what-the-us-can-learn-from-frances-withdrawal-from-mali/

 

L’Intervention française au sahel et l’évolution de la doctrine de contre-insurrection. Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l'Ecole Militaire, 2021. https://www.irsem.fr/institut/actualites/etude-de-l-irsem-n-90-2021.html

 

“Biden's submarine deal is an own goal in the contest against China,” The Hill, September 21, 2021. https://thehill.com/opinion/international/573223-bidens-submarine-deal-is-an-own-goal-in-the-contest-against-china

 

“Ten Things the United States Should Do to Combat Terrorism in the Sahel,” War on the Rocks, August 30, 2021. https://warontherocks.com/2021/08/ten-things-the-united-states-should-do-to-combat-terrorism-in-the-sahel/

 

A History of the Third Offset, 2014-2018. RAND Corporation, 2021. Second author.
https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA454-1.html. 

 

The Covid-19 Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Opportunity to Rethink Strategic Competition on the Continent. Lead author. RAND Corporation. July 2021. https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PEA1055-1.html

 

“Kill the Homothetic Army: Gen. Guy Hubin’s Vision of the Future Battlefield,” War on the Rocks, February 4, 2021. https://warontherocks.com/2021/02/kill-the-homothetic-army-gen-guy-hubins-vision-of-the-future-battlefield/

 

What if France Ended Operation Barkhane? Findings of the RAND Webinar on Operation Barkhane. First author. RAND Corporation. 2021. https://www.rand.org/pubs/conf_proceedings/CFA1338-1.html

 

“France in the Pacific: What It’s Been up to and Why It’s Good for America,” 9Dashline, September 20, 2021. https://www.9dashline.com/article/france-in-the-pacific-what-its-been-up-to-and-why-its-good-for-america

 

A Strong Ally Stretched Thin: An Overview of France’s Defense Capabilities from a Burdensharing Perspective. RAND

Corporation.  Co-author, 2021. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA231-1.html

 

“Britain should be more Italy?” Wavell Room, April 24, 2021. https://wavellroom.com/2021/04/24/british-should-be-more-italy/

 

“Welcoming a Stronger European Defense,” Real Clear World, January 21, 2021. https://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2021/01/21/welcoming_a_stronger_european_defense_657427.html

 

Building Military Coalitions: Lessons from U.S. Experience. RAND Corporation, 2021. Contributing author. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA859-1.html

 

“What Joe Biden's Africa strategy might look like,” The Hill, December 9, 2020. https://thehill.com/opinion/international/529522-what-an-africa-strategy-might-look-like-under-biden

 

“France’s War in the Sahel and the Evolution of Counter-Insurgency Doctrine,” Texas National Security Review, November 2020. https://tnsr.org/2020/11/frances-war-in-the-sahel-and-the-evolution-of-counter-insurgency-doctrine/

 

“What Would it Take for Idriss Deby to Fall in Chad?” World Politics Review, July 30, 2020. https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/28955/what-would-it-take-for-idriss-deby-to-fall-in-chad

 

“Pandemics and the U.S. Military: Lessons from 1918,” War on the Rocks, April 1, 2020. https://warontherocks.com/2020/04/pandemics-and-the-u-s-military-lessons-from-1918/

 

The Evolution of U.S. Military Policy from the Constitution to the Present, Volume I
The Old Regime: The Army, Militia, and Volunteers from Colonial Times to the Spanish-American War.
RAND Corporation. Co-author, 2020. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1995z1.html

 

“The UK in Mali,” Wavell Room, March 12, 2020. https://wavellroom.com/2020/03/12/the-uk-in-mali/

 

“Grand Strategy is Total: French Gen. André Beaufre on War in the Nuclear Age.” War on the Rocks, October 8, 2020. https://warontherocks.com/2020/10/grand-strategy-is-total-french-gen-andre-beaufre-on-war-in-the-nuclear-age/

 

“Modern War for Romantics: Ferdinand Foch and the Principals of War.” War on the Rocks, July 8, 2020. https://warontherocks.com/2018/08/how-the-u-s-military-learned-to-learn-in-world-war-i-lessons-from-the-american-expeditionary-forces/

 

“The Insurgent Counter-Insurgent: The French Army’s Hero and Some Truths about Modern Warfare,” War on the Rocks, July 25, 2019. https://warontherocks.com/2019/07/the-insurgent-counter-insurgent-the-french-armys-hero-and-some-truths-about-modern-warfare/

 

Targeted Interoperability: A New Imperative for Multinational Operations. RAND Corporation. Contributing author, 2019. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2075.html

 

Manpower Alternatives to Enhance Total Force Capabilities: Could New Forms of Reserve Service Help Alleviate Military Shortfalls?. RAND Corporation, 2019. Contributing author. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR3055.html

 

DPRK Sanctions: Countering DPRK Proliferation Activities. RAND Corporation, 2019. Co-author. https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TL332.html

 

“How the U.S. Military Learned to Learn in World War I: Lessons from the American Expeditionary Forces, War on the Rocks, August 22, 2018. https://warontherocks.com/2018/08/how-the-u-s-military-learned-to-learn-in-world-war-i-lessons-from-the-american-expeditionary-forces/

 

The Evolution of U.S. Military Policy from the Constitution to the Present. RAND Corporation, 2017. Contributing author. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1759.html

 

Reimagining the Character of Urban Operations for the U.S. Army: How the Past Can Inform the Present and Future. RAND Corporation. Contributing author, 2017. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1602.html

 

Mali’s Next Battle: Improving Counterterrorism Capabilities. RAND Corporation. First author, 2017. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1241.html

 

The Abilities of the British, French, and German Armies to Generate and Sustain Armored Brigades in the Baltics. RAND Corporation, 2017. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1629.html

 

Defence and security after Brexit: A snapshot of international perspectives on the implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU. RAND Corporation, 2017. Contributing author. https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE225.html

 

Reimagining the Character of Urban Operations for the U.S. Army: How the Past Can Inform the Present and Future. RAND Corporation, 2017. Contributing author. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1602.html

 

Enabling the Global Response Force Access Strategies for the 82nd Airborne Division. RAND Corporation, 2016. Contributing author. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1161.html

 

“A Brief History of the Assault Rifle,” The Atlantic, June 30, 2016. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/06/a-brief-history-of-the-assault-rifle/489428/

 

“Niger: An African country the West has ignored could have a big impact on the global war on terror,” Quartz, February 24, 2016. https://qz.com/622439/an-african-country-the-west-has-ignored-could-have-a-big-impact-on-the-global-war-on-terror/

 

Assessing Conventional Army Demands and Requirements for Ultra-Light Tactical Mobility. RAND Corporation. Contributing author, 2015. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR718.html

 

Achieving Peace in Northern Mali: Past Agreements, Local Conflicts, and the Prospects for a Durable Settlement. RAND Corporation. Co-author, 2015. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR892.html

 

“Flirting With Genocide in Burundi: Paying Attention Could Save Lives,” Newsweek, November 18, 2015. https://www.newsweek.com/burundi-genocide-conflict-395942

 

Achieving Peace in Northern Mali: Past Agreements, Local Conflicts, and the Prospects for a Durable Settlement. Co-author. RAND Corporation. 2015. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR892.html


“How to Defeat a New Boko Haram in Mali,” Newsweek, September 7, 2015. https://www.newsweek.com/how-defeat-new-boko-haram-mali-369430

 

“France Is Replacing the U.K. as America's Top Ally in Europe,” Newsweek, March 30, 2015. https://www.newsweek.com/france-replacing-uk-americas-top-ally-europe-317774

 

France’s War in Mali: Lessons for an Expeditionary Army. RAND Corporation, 2014. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR770.html

 

Readiness Reporting for an Adaptive Army. RAND Corporation. Contributing author. 2013. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR230.html

 

Setting Priorities in the Age of Austerity: British, French, and German [Army] Experiences. Sole author. 2013. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR222.html

 

Toward a Secure and Stable Mali: Approaches to Engaging Local Actors. RAND Corporation, 2013. Co-author. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR296.html

 

“The Emancipation of Algerian Jews: A Variant of the Alsatian Model?” Archives Juives, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 14-31. https://www.cairn-int.info/article-E_AJ_452_0014--the-emancipation-of-algerian-jews-a.htm

 

“Bernard-Henri Lévy and Michel Houellebecq Stoke Their Egos and Bore Their Readers,” Forward, January 26, 2011, https://forward.com/schmooze/134940/bernard-henri-levy-and-michel-houellebecq-stoke-th/

 

Subnational Government in Afghanistan. RAND Corporation, 2011. https://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP318.html

 

“French Liberal Governance and the Emancipation of Algeria’s Jews.” French Historical Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 259-280, April 1, 2010. https://read.dukeupress.edu/french-historical-studies/article-abstract/33/2/259/9652/French-Liberal-Governance-and-the-Emancipation-of?redirectedFrom=PDF

“French Jewish History, 1650-1914: The Republic's liberal principles brought tolerance and opportunity.” My Jewish Learning, https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/french-jewish-history-1650-1914/

 

“Léon Blum” and “Jewish Participation in European Liberal Movements” in David Shaham, ed., The Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture in the Era of Modernization and Secularization (Hebrew), 2007. 

 

“Consistories and Contradictions: From the Old to the New Regime. Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, vol 31, no. 1, pp. 65-82, 2006. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41299361

 

“France and the Darfur Crisis,” Brookings Institution, January 2005, http://www.brookings.edu/fp/cuse/analysis/shurkin20050101.pdf

 

“Chirac in Algiers: Reading French Gestures Toward the Arab World,” Brookings Institution, August 2003, http://www.brookings.edu/fp/cusf/analysis/shurkin.htm

 

“Liberalism at a Loss: A Review of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Writings on Empire and Slavery, ed. and trans. Jennifer Pitts,”  in Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 38, n. 1, March 2004.

 

“Radical Evil: Bernard-Henri Lévy on the Murder of Daniel Pearl,” Zeek, September 2003, url: http://www.zeek.net/books_0309.shtml.

 

“Decolonization and the Renewal of French Judaism: Reflections on the Contemporary French Jewish Scene. Jewish Social Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 156-176, 2000.” https://muse.jhu.edu/article/18232

 

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