Center of Gravity and Asymmetric Conflict: Factoring In Culture

Jandora, John W.
October 2005
JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly;Autumn2005, Issue 39, p78
The article discusses asymmetric conflict in its current manifestation, which has come to be called jihadism. The concept of center of gravity is applicable to jihad in its current form, as has been argued by many study projects at the U.S. Army War College. These studies do not extend to the resistance struggle in Iraq. The treatment of al Qaeda in these studies disagree as to what constitutes its center of gravity and reflect questionable assumptions about Islamic militancy. Contrast of culture tie together loose strings and add clarity to the dynamic of jihadism.


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