Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts New Thinking on the Origins of World War I

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New Thinking on the Origins of World War I

| National Security Program

About the Event

Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on National Security and the Reserve Officers Association

1:45 p.m. Registration and Refreshments;
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Program

This summer marks the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, perhaps the most transformative war in history. While the wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars harnessed national populations to the war effort in a way not previously seen since the emergence of the modern states system, WWI combined the mobilization of both populations and industrial power, enhanced by technology, to produce a most lethal form of warfare. WWI also redrew the map of Europe and created the modern Middle East, as it led to the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Russian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire, thereby unleashing nationalism the disruptive characteristics of which still plague us today. It also paved the way for the great ideological conflicts of the 20th century by unleashing the forces of state-based communism and fascism. To commemorate the outbreak of The Great War, FPRI and ROA will present a workshop offering presentations by three eminent scholars of the war. Michael Neiberg of the US Army War College will discuss the factors that led to the outbreak of the war. John Schindler of the US Naval War College will discuss the often overlooked role of Austria-Hungary in the war and the Eastern and Italian fronts. Kate Epstein of Rutgers University-Camden will discuss the role of pre-war British defense policy in the outbreak of the conflict. Mac Owens, editor of Orbis and professor at the Naval War College, will moderate the panel.


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Mackubin Thomas Owens

Mackubin Thomas Owens - Mackubin (Mac) T. Owens is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. ; Moderator

Michael Neiberg

Michael Neiberg - Michael Neiberg, a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is Professor of History in the Department of National Security Studies at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

John Schindler

John Schindler - John Schindler is Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and a Senior Fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University. Prior to joining the NWC faculty...

Kate Epstein

Kate Epstein - Kate Epstein joined the History Department at Rutgers-Camden in Fall 2011, having received her PhD in history from Ohio State University in 2011, her MPhil in international relations from the Universi...