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The Gathering Pacific Storm

Cambria Press, 2018

 

Editors

Tai Ming Cheung, director of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and professor at the School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego

Thomas G. Mahnken, president and chief executive officer, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Washington, DC

 

Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict

"Small Wars, Big Data argues that the US military should focus its efforts not on winning hearts and minds, but rather on acquiring information from the people about insurgent activities. When satisfied with government security and services, civilians supply information. With information, counter-insurgent attacks can dismantle insurgent networks. Without it, insurgencies fester and violence increases. Armed with this framework, I would have fought differently—and American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan might have as well. … Though I’m not the first to call for updates to counter-insurgency doctrine, now is the right time and Small Wars, Big Data is the right book to guide that effort."

Zachary Griffiths, War on the Rocks

Authors

Eli Berman, professor of economics at the University of California San Diego and research director for international security studies at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Joseph H. Felter, senior research scholar at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation

Jacob N. Shapiro, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University 

 

Our Mission

The University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) addresses global challenges to peace and prosperity through academically rigorous, policy-relevant research, training, and outreach on international security, economic development, and the environment.
 
IGCC brings scholars together across social science and lab science disciplines to work on topics such as regional security, nuclear proliferation, innovation and national security, development and political violence, emerging threats, and climate change.
 
As the University of California’s system-wide institute on international security, IGCC convenes expert researchers across UC campuses and the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, along with US and international policy leaders, to develop solutions and provide insights on many of the most profound global security challenges.