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.

CSPAN videos from the Pacific War Symposium

James Perry — American Strategy and the Asia-Pacific Endgame

David Glantz — Stalin’s Strategy for Ending the Pacific War

D. M. Giangreco — The Hokkaido Myth

Captain Robert Kaufman, USN — Japan’s Surrender on the USS Missouri

Norman Friedman — Wargaming at Newport and the Pacific War

John T. Kuehn — A Succession of Miracles: Japan’s Decision to Surrender

Richard C. Thornton — Truman and the Pacific War Endgame

Announcing the Institute!

The Institute for the Study of Strategy and Politics has just been approved as a non-profit corporation!

Our purpose is to advance the understanding of history, military strategy, and national security policy. Our intent is publish historical, national security and strategic research and analysis that will educate the public, inform the policy debate, and stimulate discussion among historians and the policy community.

We intend to produce a quarterly journal, for which we will solicit articles. We will distribute this journal electronically and publish it here on this site.

We will host an annual conference on a particular theme of historical or strategic interest, to which we will issue a “call for papers” and invite interested professionals and the general public to attend. The proceedings of the conference will be published.