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Dr Christian Tripodi received his PhD from the Department of War Studies, King's College London.

Dr Tripodi's research focuses primarily upon irregular warfare. In particular he is interested in the forms of knowledge that western militaries utilise in order to understand their operational surroundings, and the complex, unpredictable and often paradoxical consequences that result when military power is instrumentalised on this basis.

He is currently head of Graduate Studies for the Defence Studies Department, and an adjunct scholar at the Modern War Institute, West Point military academy

Recent Publications

Dr Tripodi’s latest book is the ‘The Unknown Enemy: Counterinsurgency and the Illusion of Control’ (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Research Interests

  • Irregular warfare
  • Modern Counterinsurgency
  • Western interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan 2001-2014
  • Influence operations
  • 19th and early 20th century irregular warfare

PhD Supervision

Unfortunately Dr Tripodi is unable to accept any new PhD students at this point in time.


Dr Chris Tripodi PURE Profile