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Upcoming BookTalks at FPRI

11:30 – 12:30 program (free and open to the public but RSVPs required)
12:30 – 1:45 Lunch for FPRI Members at the $500 level
Venue: FPRI, 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610, Philadelphia

Wednesday, March 29
War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory
Nadia Schadlow,
Senior Program Officer in the International Security and Foreign Policy Program of the Smith Richardson Foundation

In a new book described as “a must read” by no less a personage than General James Mattis, Nadia Schadlow explores why we lose the peace even after we win the war. She delves into 15 historical case studies from the Mexican War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to illuminate the lessons for future war. Schadlow received her Ph.D. from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Her essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The American Interest, and Parameters, the journal of the US Army War College.


Wednesday, April 5
The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region
Michael Auslin,
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Slumping economies, political and social turmoil, environmental degradation, demographic crisis, and territorial disputes means that the stability is not to be taken for granted, or so argues AEI scholar Michael Auslin in his new book. This is a book for industry and investors, politicians and scholars, and anyone who wants to understand the future of Asia. A former professor of history at Yale, Auslin is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Forbes and a frequent commentator in U.S. and foreign media. 


Tuesday, May 16
The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America
Michael S. Neiberg,
Chair in War Studies, US Army War College

As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, we are pleased to feature Michael Neiberg on his latest book, analyzing how Americans moved from ambivalence toward the war in Europe to belligerence and beyond. He examines the social, political, and financial forces at work and the role of public opinion and popular culture, showing how all these factors contributed to the pivot toward war. His most recent books include: Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe (Basic Books, 2015); The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944 (Basic Books, 2012); and Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of War in 1914 (Harvard University Press, 2011).


Tuesday, May 23
Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces
Mark Moyar,
Director of the Center for Military and Diplomatic History at the Foreign Policy Initiative, and Senior Fellow, FPRI

Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, the Special Operations Forces have grown into a behemoth of 70,000 troops, including Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Air Force Night Stalkers, Special Operations Marines, Rangers, and Delta Force. Moyar’s book is the first comprehensive history of these special warriors and their daring missions. Moyar is author of several critically acclaimed books, among them, Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq (Yale University Press, 2009). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications.