Author Biography

Amos C. Fox is a Major in the United States Army. He is currently the executive officer for 3rd Squadron, 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Carson, Colorado. His previous assignments include staff positions with the 1st Armored Division, troop commands and staff positions in the 4th Infantry Division, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the U.S. Army Armor School’s 16th Cavalry Regiment. He has a masters in Secondary Education from Ball State University, a masters of military arts and science in Theater Operations from the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies, and a bachelors degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.



Subject Area Keywords

Conflict studies, Irregular warfare, Russia, Security studies, Strategy


Proxy wars dominate modern war fighting. Despite the frequency of proxy wars on today's battle field, the strategic studies community lacks sufficient models and strategic theories to frame proxy wars from the strategic level. This works seeks to build on the limited amount of preexisting theoretical work on proxy war by introducing five models of proxy relation - coerced, transactional, cultural, exploitative, and contractual. This models help policymakers, strategists, and practitioners understand and navigate through the strategic workings of today's proxy wars.


This work does not represent the views of the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, or any other department of the United States Government.