David Kilcullen on the West’s greatest threats

After the Soviet Union collapsed, the CIA director cautioned the US and its allies: they may have “slain a large dragon”, but now they faced a bewildering variety of “poisonous snakes”.

The dragons are the nation-states. The snakes are guerrilla and terrorist organisations.

Defence analyst and counterinsurgency expert, David Kilcullen, says the West is ill-prepared to deal with the next threats it faces — including China and non-state adversaries.

A former soldier and diplomat, Kilcullen served as a counterinsurgency adviser during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the author of numerous books, including The Dragon and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West.

In this interview with ABC Australia, Dr Kilcullen explain what is coming up next. Check it out here: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/specialbroadcasts/big-weekend-books-david-kilcullen-paul-barclay/12308452

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