David Kilcullen

ASU Future of War Senior Fellow

David Kilcullen is an ASU Future of War senior fellow at New America. Kilcullen is Founder and Chairman of Caerus Global Solutions, a strategic research and design firm that helps governments, global institutions, businesses and communities build resiliency in conflict, disaster-affected and post-conflict environments. He is also the Founder and Chairman of First Mile Geo, a tech startup that pioneers open, online cloud-based platforms for collecting, analyzing, sharing, and visualizing social and spatial data. Before joining private industry he served 25 years as an army officer, diplomat and policy advisor for the Australian and United States governments, in command and operational missions (including peacekeeping, counterinsurgency and foreign internal defense) across the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe. 

In the United States he served as Chief Strategist in the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau, and served in Iraq as Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus, before becoming Special Advisor for Counterinsurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Dr. Kilcullen holds a Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, with a focus on the political anthropology of guerrilla warfare. He was awarded the 1995 Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Fellowship for his work in Southeast Asia, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1996. Dr. Kilcullen was named one of the Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009. His bestselling books, The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One and Counterinsurgency, are used in several universities, as well as by policymakers, the military, intelligence and development agencies worldwide. His third book, Out of the Mountains, which examines conflict in the connected, coastal cities of the future, was awarded the 2013 American Publishers’ Association Prize for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Government and Politics. He most recently developed his 2015 Quarterly Essay Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State into a full-length book. He is currently working on a book examining the future of unconventional warfare.

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INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Stable Peace Looks Elusive as War on Islamic State Nears an end

David Kilcullen wrote for the Australian about the battle of Mosul and noted that the idea of stability in the region as distant.


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If UK is an example, these are surely dystopian times we live in

David Kilcullen was quoted in an article in The Australian about the second Gulf War


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Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?

David Kilcullen was quoted in a CATO Institute blog post about the rise of ISIS


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Superpowers

David Kilcullen's book, Blood Year, was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review.


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The Mistakes That Made Islamic State

David Kilcullen's book, Blood Year, was reviewed in the Economist.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Blood Year

In Blood Year, David Kilcullen provides a wide-angle view of the current situation in the Middle East.


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‘Blood Year: Islamic State’ by David Kilcullen

David Kilcullen's book, Blood Year, was reviewed in Financial Times.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Walkley Awards 2015: Canberra Times' David Pope wins Walkley

"Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State"


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
David Kilcullen: Print/Text Feature Writing Long

David Kilcullen has won the Walkley Award, the Australian version of the Pulitzer.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
US counter-insurgency advisor says IS becoming urban guerrilla threat

David Kilcullen, an Australian army veteran, became the senior counter-insurgency advisor to US General David Petraeus during the Iraq War a


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Islamic State to bring guerrilla warfare to Western cities

AFP reports on comments by David Kilcullen, an Australian army veteran, who became the senior counter-insurgency adviser to U.S. Gen. David


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Interventionists Beware: A Century Of Failure In The Middle East Has No Quick Fix

Late in 2014, Australian counter-terrorism expert David Kilcullen attended a top-level conference in Abu Dhabi. Kilcullen has been a first-h