Regular vs. Irregular War

M5.4 Regular Versus Irregular Warfare
In this module, you will complete an approximately 3-page writing assignment (approximately 800 words, not including any cover or reference pages). In this position paper, you will thoroughly evaluate the material presented during the module and the questions here below.
You are to consider the widely variable way that violent means, or war, are chosen by differing peoples across the world and over time. Some wars are set-piece battles among the militaries of sovereign nation-states, while others are “partisan,” “peoples'” wars fought by irregular non-state factions, whether guerrilla armies or terrorist cells. APA citations are expected, an abstract is not.
In your analysis answer the following question prompts:
Describe the difference between regular and irregular warfare (and provide examples from history).
What is common in war to every people or nation that uses military force?
What differences do you see in how some nations or peoples use military force, and why might some be more “successful” in waging war than others?
In academic writing, the format is as important as content. The format allows you to organize your findings in a logical sequence while promoting clarity. You are required to know the American Psychological Association (APA) rules since this is the required format for all of your writing assignments. You must use proper citations and references in order to identify borrowed material and avoid plagiarism. You can find detailed information on the APA Style Guide (Links to an external site.) for more information on writing your paper.
Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer.
Evaluation
This assignment will be graded using the SPS Default Undergraduate Writing Rubric located on the Rubrics page within the Course Introduction module of the course. Please review the rubric prior to beginning your work so that you ensure your submission meets the criteria in place for this assignment. These position paper assignments in Modules 1, 3, 5, and 7 are collectively worth 30% of your final course grade.