Military History/Contemporary Conflict Working Group

Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict

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Analysis and Commentary

Sacrificing the Military to Entitlements

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, March 3, 2014

The Achilles' heel of democracy.

Analysis and Commentary

Class Warfare, An American Tradition

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, February 28, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Ukrainian People Are on the Cusp of Independence

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Washington Times
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Exemplary bravery has placed the Ukrainian people on the cusp of achieving, for real, the independence it had gained from the Soviet Union's breakup in 1992 mostly as a formality.

Analysis and Commentary

Lessons of World War I

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Much of what we think we know is false; what really happened matters desperately to us today.

Analysis and Commentary

The Eternal Darkness of the Progressive Mind

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, January 20, 2014

The dangers and delusions of the leftist cult.

Analysis and Commentary

The Lessons of Munich

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, January 10, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

The Fruit of Obama’s Abandonment of Iraq

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

As Iraq goes, so goes America's influence in the Middle East.


Kiron Skinner on Secure Freedom Radio (43:26)

with Kiron K. Skinnervia Secure Freedom Radio
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

With Jim Carafano, Olivia Guitta, Andy McCarthy, Kiron SkinnerJIM CARAFANO of the Heritage Foundation gives an overview of the threats facing American national security heading into 2014.OLIVIA GUITTA, of the Henry Jackson Society, discusses the Muslim Bro...

Analysis and Commentary

The Inequality Smokescreen

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, January 6, 2014

How progressivism continues to discard the philosophical foundations of the Constitution.

Analysis and Commentary

2014: Year of Decision

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The stakes have never been higher.


Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia
Research Fellow
Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Research Fellow / National Security Affairs Fellow 2008-2009
Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Davies Family Distinguished Fellow
Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow
Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow
Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
Visiting Fellow
Research Fellow

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts. 

As the very name of Hoover Institution attests, military history lies at the very core of our dedication to the study of "War, Revolution, and Peace." Indeed, the precise mission statement of the Hoover Institution includes the following promise: "The overall mission of this Institution is, from its records, to recall the voice of experience against the making of war, and by the study of these records and their publication, to recall man's endeavors to make and preserve peace, and to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life." From its origins as a library and archive, the Hoover Institution has evolved into one of the foremost research centers in the world for policy formation and pragmatic analysis. It is with this tradition in mind, that the "Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict" has set its agenda—reaffirming the Hoover Institution's dedication to historical research in light of contemporary challenges, and in particular, reinvigorating the national study of military history as an asset to foster and enhance our national security. By bringing together a diverse group of distinguished military historians, security analysts, and military veterans and practitioners, the working group seeks to examine the conflicts of the past as critical lessons for the present.

Victor Davis Hanson on War in the Contemporary World — WATCH

The careful study of military history offers a way of analyzing modern war and peace that is often underappreciated in this age of technological determinism. Yet the result leads to a more in-depth and dispassionate understanding of contemporary wars, one that explains how particular military successes and failures of the past can be often germane, sometimes misunderstood, or occasionally irrelevant in the context of the present.

The working group is chaired by Victor Davis Hanson with counsel from Bruce S. Thornton and David L. Berkey, along with collaboration form the group’s distinguished scholars, military historians, analysts, journalists, and military officers.