The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West

Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, the enemies of the West have taken two main forms: “dragons” (state enemies such as Russia and China) and “snakes” (terrorist and guerilla organisations). David Kilcullen, an Australian author, strategist, counterinsurgency expert, and former soldier, shows how these enemies have mastered new methods of war: hybrid and urban warfare; political manipulation; and harnessing digital technology. In this course, we will briefly consider Kilcullen’s career and writings, and then examine the structure and main arguments of Kilcullen’s latest book: The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.

SUGGESTED READING

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The author and his work: David Kilcullen – Australian author, strategist and counterinsurgency expert.
  • The structure of: The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West.
  • The key arguments of: The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the contribution of David Kilcullen to Australia’s international security.
  2. Comprehend the structure of: The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West.
  3. Appreciate the arguments of: The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West.
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