Free Lecture: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

Thursday, October 03, 2013, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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In Out of the Mountains, David Kilcullen, one of the world's leading experts on modern warfare, offers a groundbreaking look ahead at what may happen after the war in Afghanistan ends. After Afghanistan, David Kilcullen argues that the future of warfare will become more urban, coastal, connected and incredibly dangerous for civilians and military alike. As non-state armed groups draw strength from local populations and mobile technology, theaters of war will shift from remote areas to highly networked but underdeveloped urban areas.

David Kilcullen

Out of the Mountains is a book about future conflicts and future cities, about the challenges and opportunities that four powerful megatrends are creating across the planet. And it is about what national governments, cities, communities and businesses can do to prepare for a future in which all aspects of human society-including, but not limited to, conflict, crime and violence-are rapidly changing.

Dr. David Kilcullen is the Chief Executive Officer of Caerus Associates. Kilcullen pioneers new ways to understand and engage with environments in conflict and specializes in designing for positive human impact in complex environments.

Kilcullen served 24 years as a soldier, diplomat and policy advisor for the Australian and United States governments. He was Special Advisor to the Secretary of State from 2007-2009. He has provided advice at the highest levels of the Bush and Obama administrations, and has worked in peace and stability operations, humanitarian relief and counterinsurgency environments in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, South Asia and Africa. His bestselling books The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency are used worldwide by civilian government officials, policymakers, military and development professionals working in unstable and insecure environments. He holds a PhD in the politics of insurgency from the University of New South Wales.

 

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