Press Highlights

>> May 5, 2017 - 9:27am

War and the Art of GovernanceFour Takes:

Face your North Korea fears

The Boston Globe

Here, I learned that it’s always existential for North Korea: “Ignoring the world and being ignored by it was impossible; it was located in the wrong place for that. Thus, from the start its leaders felt required to be threatening and bellicose to survive.”

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>> May 4, 2017 - 10:41am

War and the Art of Governance

To defeat ISIS for good, US needs to take the war beyond the battlefield

The Hill

We are about to score tremendous tactical victories against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The ISIS, or as the Arabs say, Daesh, strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa are about to fall, with much thanks to Iraqi forces, American advisers and miscellaneous militia units. But this is the beginning of a victory, not its final act.


A brilliant Naval officer, a SEAL with many combat tours, recently told an audience of scholars and practitioners in Washington, D.C., that, when Americans say counterterrorism, what they really mean is counterterrorist actions. We are fixated on the battle, the kinetic fight. The other aspects of counterterrorism — stability operations, propaganda and recruitment, returning foreign fighters, and reconciliation or incarceration — often go unaddressed. To win the war against Daesh, we will have to dive deeper into the non-kinetic tasks.

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Beyond battlefield success to political victory

The Washington Times

Most Americans like to think a war has ended when the last shot is fired or when the opposing army surrenders; these include politicians and senior military officers. In her excellent book, “War and the Art of Governance,” Nadia Schadlow argues eloquently that war is not over until battlefield success is translated into political victory. In doing so, she cites some weighty thinkers such as Carl von Clausewitz and uses case studies from American history to make her point.

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>> April 19, 2017 - 2:52pm

Human Rights After Hitler

War Crimes Archive Reveals Early Evidence Of Holocaust Death Camps

NPR (All Things Considered)

After almost 70 years, evidence used to prosecute Nazi-era war criminals has become public. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dan Plesch, one of the few outside researchers who's previously seen this archive, about what can be learned from the archive.

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>> March 13, 2017 - 1:51pm
Wed, Mar 08 2017 • 12:30 p.m. (ET)

Inside The Hidden History Of D.C.'s Spies

Passersby near The Uptown Theater in Northwest Washington, D.C., a location in Robert Wallace's "Spy Sites."

Passersby near The Uptown Theater in Northwest Washington, D.C., a location in Robert Wallace's "Spy Sites."
ERIN American espionage is as old as the republic itself. President George Washington was not just a founder of
our nation, he was a founder of the country’s first spy rings. Author and former CIA official Robert Wallace introduces
us to the hundreds of spies who’ve plied their trade in the nation’s capital and the many seemingly-ordinary sites
throughout D.C., Maryland and Virgina shaped by espionage.
View A Photo Tour Of Washington's 'Spy Sites'

>> March 13, 2017 - 1:28pm

Featuring the editors Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science and Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, George Washington University; Rosemary Kelanic, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Williams College; and the contributing author Kenneth Vincent, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, George Washington University; with comments by John Glaser, Associate Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Emma Ashford, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

Should the United States continue to use its military to guarantee the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf?

For more than 30 years, U.S. foreign policy has been shaped by a commitment to safeguard the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf. Yet profound changes in international oil markets, growth in domestic U.S. energy production, and dramatic shifts in the Middle Eastern balance of power suggest that it may be time to reconsider whether this commitment is still warranted.

In Crude Strategy, a multidisciplinary team of political scientists, economists, and historians set out to explore the links between Persian Gulf oil and U.S. national security. Their essays explore key questions such as the potential economic cost of disruption in oil supply, whether disruptions can be blunted with nonmilitary tools, the potential for instability in Saudi Arabia, and the most effective U.S. military posture for the region.

By clarifying the assumptions underlying the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf, the authors conclude that the case for revising America’s grand strategy towards the region is far stronger than is commonly assumed.

Please join us for a discussion of this fascinating topic.