Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. John Duffield

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Herb

Third Advisor

Dr. Aaron Rapport


Can the success of the Sunni Awakening in Iraq be applied to other counter-insurgency conflicts, or is it an exemplary case? Using case studies including Iraq and Afghanistan, it will be examined whether or not militias can be can be used to fight counterinsurgency campaigns in Afghanistan and generally to other conflicts. It may not work in Afghanistan, and certainly presents a Catch-22 situation, but it may be applicable in certain situations in other conflicts under certain conditions.