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COIN in a Tribal Society: an interview with William S. “Mac” McCallister

By Steven Pressfield | Published: December 28, 2009

William S. “Mac” McCallister is a retired military officer, a U.S. Army major, who served in numerous special operations assignments specializing in civil-military, psychological and information operations, with focuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

I was introduced to Mac a few weeks ago, when he forwarded to Maj. Jim Gant his paper “COIN and Irregular Warfare in a Tribal Society,” which he’d written in 2007, and which focuses on Iraq. Mac was in Iraq around the same time Maj. Gant was in Afghanistan. Both were working with tribes, attempting to figure out what works in the real world and what doesn’t. Since his return, Mac has continued publishing work focused upon military affairs and tribal warfare. He has guest-lectured at Johns Hopkins University and presented numerous papers at academic and government- sponsored conferences such as the Watson Institute, Brown University; Department of the Navy Science and Technology and DARPA; and the Central Intelligence Agency. He has appeared as a guest on National Public Radio (NPR) and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. As a senior consultant for Applied Knowledge International (AKI), he continues to study current events in Iraq and Afghanistan in tribal terms, including the tribal art of war and peace, tribal mediation processes, development of tribal centers of power, and tribal influence in political developments. He has applied his study of tribal culture in assessing reconstruction efforts, as well as insurgency and counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror. (more…)

Posted in Afghanistan, Agora, Guest Blogger

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Happy Christmas/Hannukah/New Year!

By Steven Pressfield | Published: December 25, 2009

My wish is that our readers are taking this season off, just like I am.  I do want to take this moment, though, to say special thanks to the friends and partners who helped get this blog off the ground six months ago and whose hard work has kept it aloft ever since.

Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai, right, greets Haji Marjan, Tribal Chief and member of the tribal council in Zazi

Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai, right, greets Haji Marjan, Tribal Chief and member of the tribal council in Zazi


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Writing Wednesdays

Writing Wednesdays

Sticking Points

By Steven Pressfield | Published: December 23, 2009

Have you ever hit the wall? I have. Over and over. On any project–I don’t care how dazzlingly it starts out–inevitably the truck runs into a lake of goo.

Here’s what I’ve learned about sticking points. (more…)

Posted in Writing Wednesdays
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