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Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict

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Analysis and Commentary

The World’s New Outlaws

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

With America’s presence in the world receding, regional hegemons flex their muscles.

Analysis and Commentary

The Politicization of Everything

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, November 22, 2013
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Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline

with Josef Joffevia Daily Beast
Sunday, November 17, 2013

Josef Joffe on American exceptionalism, why Europeans hate Israel, and why China may not be the next superpower.

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Kiron Skinner on Secure Freedom Radio (28:53)

with Kiron K. Skinnervia Secure Freedom Radio
Friday, November 8, 2013

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Analysis and Commentary

The Double-Dealing Middle East Is Double-Dealt

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Strategika: What Can Past Wars Teach Us?

with Hoover Institution, Victor Davis Hanson, John Raisian, Kimberly Kagan, Admiral Gary Roughead, Josiah Bunting III, Mark Moyar, Angelo M. Codevillavia Stanford Magazine
Monday, November 4, 2013

In an online venture, Hoover-led experts apply military history to current crises.

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Kiron Skinner on Glen Meakem on the Weekend (1:19:25)

with Kiron K. Skinnervia Glen Meakem
Sunday, November 3, 2013

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Analysis and Commentary

Beware the Hidden Costs of Beautifully Misnamed Laws

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Obama, Heed Thyself

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, October 17, 2013

He used to know some important things.

Analysis and Commentary

Prestige and Power in Statecraft

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, October 4, 2013

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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.