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Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict

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No Time For Disunity In Afghanistan

by Mark Moyarvia Military History in the News
Thursday, December 4, 2014

This week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani decided to fire his entire cabinet, after he and presidential runner-up Abdullah Abdullah failed to agree on a new slate of cabinet ministers. As part of the power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States in September, Abdullah Abdullah was made co-equal with Ghani in selecting the cabinet.

Analysis and Commentary

War Clouds

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous -- in a way we've seen before.

In the News

Book Review: America In Retreat

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, December 1, 2014

The 6 years of Barack Obama’s foreign policy have seen American influence and power decline across the globe. Traditional rivals like China and Russia are emboldened and on the march in the South China Sea and Ukraine.

Analysis and Commentary

A Secretary Of Defense With A Doctrine Could Help Obama

by Kiron K. Skinnervia New York Times
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Many Defense Department observers are saying that the next Pentagon leader should be either an intense political infighter or someone who is able to be conciliatory with the president and his White House team.

Analysis and Commentary

Assault On Israel Shifts From Warfare To Lawfare

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, November 28, 2014

TEL AVIV -- Last summer Hamas launched against Israel another round of warfare. The Jewish state responded with Operation Protective Edge. In the wake of that 50-day military conflict, international actors are launching against Israel another round of “lawfare.”

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Strategika – “Chinese-Japanese Tensions” with Miles Maochun Yu

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Exploring a history of animosity between two Asian giants.

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The Future Economic War

by Bing Westvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Director of the National Security Agency said he expects a major cyberattack against the U.S. in the next decade. “It’s only a matter of the ‘when,’ not the ‘if,’” Admiral Michael Rogers said, “that we are going to see something dramatic.”


Bing West on the John Batchelor Show (28:54)

interview with Bing Westvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Military History Working Group Member Bing West discusses the war against ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.

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Kori Schake on Global Dispatches

interview with Kori Schakevia Global Dispatches
Monday, November 17, 2014

Research Fellow Kori Schake discusses US foreign policy and her career on Global Dispatches.

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In the News

Book Review: Why We Lost Iraq and Afghanistan

by Mark Moyarvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Was it the fault of the White House or naïve generals who assumed the president would commit forces indefinitely?


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