Soldier-scholar David Kilcullen is Australia’s most influential contemporary military strategist. A former adviser to General Petraeus and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, his new book, The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West, examines the complex new world of modern warfare, featuring the state competitor “dragons” and the non-state guerrilla and terrorist players, the “snakes.” A remarkable synthesis of three decades of military and political history, this expert analysis of the new nature of conflict is as illuminating as it is disturbing.
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David Kilcullen is a professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of New South Wales, and a professor of practice in global security at Arizona State University. Dr Kilcullen is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Accidental Guerrilla, Out of the Mountains, and Blood Year.
Emeritus Professor Rick Sarre has degrees in law and criminology from universities in Adelaide, Toronto, and Canberra, and in 2015 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Umeå University, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. He is a Professorial Fellow of the Australian Institute of Police Management. He retired as the Dean of Law at the School of Law, University of South Australia, in 2020.