Winter 2019 Issue of the Journal of Strategy and Politics

The articles in this new issue of the Journal cover security strategy and political philosophy; and they take the reader from current events all the way back to the 16th century “Age of Discovery.”  There is a transatlantic connection throughout:  the essays examine the Trump Administration’s NATO policies; the origins of Leftist ideologies in Europe and their migration to the United States; and the exploration (and exploitation) of new territories in the Western Hemisphere by Spanish-backed conquistadors, as they sought a faster route to China’s market for silver.

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New Issue of the Journal of Strategy and Politics

Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Journal has just been published!

Three articles by Richard Thornton examine the history of American engagement in Asia during the early Cold War period, illuminating antecedents of today’s struggle for a new order in the region. The U.S.-Soviet strategic weapons balance and shifting alliances in both camps were particularly important factors. The fourth essay, by Mark Schneider, calls attention to the growing challenge posed by present-day Russia’s nuclear capability, which is playing a larger role in its security strategy while the United States has chosen the opposite course.

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New Papers on U.S. in Indochina

President Trump’s Asia trip, and renewed popular interest in the Vietnam War (for example, Ken Burns’ highly acclaimed documentary series), present a timely opportunity to deepen the discourse about the history of U.S. involvement in the region. Here are two papers by Richard C. Thornton that discuss the beginnings of post WWII American engagement in Indochina.  They focus particularly on the Eisenhower Administration’s approach to Laos—a linchpin in the struggle for control of Vietnam, and a subject that heretofore has received scant attention. The analyses take into account the larger context of U.S. strategy, especially as it was impacted by the emerging missile contest with the Soviet Union, as well as Sino-Soviet relations, and the disposition of France, the former colonial power. These papers, which will feature in an upcoming issue of the Institute’s Journal of Strategy and Politics, can be accessed here:

Eisenhower and Southeast Asia, Part I:  Building Containment

Eisenhower and Southeast Asia, Part II:  Failure by Choice

Pearl Harbor Symposium Archive

Here are video recordings of the presentations at our December 7, 2016 event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. They are posted in the order given.  For the full agenda, click on the Events tab at the top of the page.

Mark E. Stille: “The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Japanese Plan                                                            and the Planning Behind It”


Dr. Alan D. Zimm: “The Perils of Technological Transformation: A Critical Analysis                                 of the Attack on the Fleet at Pearl Harbor


Dr. Thomas C. Hone: “Steaming Toward War: Approaches to Pearl Harbor”             Trent Hone: “USN Tactical Doctrine: Systems of Learning”


Dr. Edward J. Drea: “Japanese National Strategy and Alliance Politics, 1920-1941”


John A. Rodgaard and Peter K. Hsu: “A Technical Assessment of the Combat Performance of the Japanese Midget Submarine Force at Pearl Harbor”


Professor Richard C. Thornton: “Axis Strategy: A Deception Game”


Dr. James D. Perry: “Operation Barbarossa and the Road to Pearl Harbor”

Pearl Harbor Symposium


The Institute will hold a daylong symposium to offer a fresh look at the geopolitics, strategy, and tactics that impelled Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and its outcome.

George Washington University
Mount Vernon Campus
2100 Foxhall Road NW, Washington DC 20007
Ames Hall, Room B101

Wednesday 7 December 2016
8:30 am to 5:00 pm


For the full agenda and speaker bios, click on the Events tab at the top of this page.

Strategy Symposium Archive

Materials from our July 13 Symposium, “American Strategy: The Way Forward,” including audio/visual recordings and papers or written remarks, are now available via the links provided below:

The Long Goodbye: American Strategy Since JFK                                                        — Richard C. Thornton, President, Institute for the Study of Strategy and Politics

Paper:  A Short History of American Strategy

Blueprint for a Stronger Economy                                                                                  — Arthur B. Laffer, Chairman, Laffer Associates

Paper:  Game On

Strategy for Defeating Radical Islam                                                                               — Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney USAF (Ret.)

Written Remarks:  Strategy for Defeating Radical Islam

Lost Opportunities                                                                                                            — Adm. James A. Lyons USN (Ret.)

Luncheon Remarks on Cybercrime and Security                                                           — David O’Neil, Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton; and James A. Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies

America and Europe:  Alliance or Amerexit?                                                                  — Col. F. Charles Parker, IV USA (Ret.)                                                                             Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Strategy and Politics

Paper: Alliance or Amerexit

“America First” in America1940-2016                                                                              — Diana West, Author, American Betrayal

Crafting the Next Defense Strategy                                                                                — Jim Thomas, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

A Strategy for Deterring Russia                                                                                       — Mark Schneider, National Institute for Public Policy

Paper:  A Strategy for Deterring Russia

Affordable Hegemony                                                                                                     — James D. Perry, Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Strategy and Politics

Power Point Slides:  Perry 2016 Symposium