On March 25, Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Kyle Atwell hosted an episode of the Modern War Institute’s Irregular Warfare Podcast titled “COIN and culture: How important is cultural intelligence in counterinsurgency?” Atwell attempts to answer how important the cultural training that the military receives is to success.

It has become axiomatic that cultural intelligence is key to success in counterinsurgency operations. But is it?

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