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Yepes Lugo, Cristian Armando


Unconventional wars taking place in Syria and Iraq are characterized for the involvement of a complex network of state and non-state actors, who apply asymmetric tactics of warfare in a region deeply divided in religious and ethnic lines. In the face of this situation, the Obama administration intervened militarily in the area through the Afghan model of warfare, a strategy that replaces American conventional ground troops by indigenous allies, who are supported by US airpower and the Special Operations Forces. Although there is a consensus around each model of warfare has both strengths and weaknesses, the implications of such a model on regional stability still prevail. Through a literature review and case analysis this paper explains the situation in the region, analyzes the US military intervention strategy in Syria and Iraq, and determines that in the long run, the Afghan model of warfare could translate into a progressive US military involvement in the area, in the empowerment of other local actors whose agendas and interests do not necessarily match those of the United States and, ultimately, in a detriment to the delicate regional balance. This paper also complements the analysis of the model from an academic perspective and contributes to the debate that still exists in terms of its effectiveness

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Guerra, Guera (Derecho Internacional), Seguridad internacional

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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Negocios y Relaciones Internacionales


Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales