Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Road to Pearl Harbor

About the Event

John Maurer“Remember Pearl Harbor” was the rallying cry that galvanized a nation during the Second World War. Historian John H. Maurer unfolds the story of America’s entrance into one of history’s bloodiest wars on December 7, 1941—described by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy.”

Formerly the chairman of the Strategy Department at the US Naval War College and now the Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy there, John got his start in this field -- we are proud to say -- as an intern at FPRI in 1976, who went on to become a pre-doctoral fellow and eventually Executive Editor of Orbis before joining the Naval War College. In recognition of his contribution to professional military education, he holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at the College, and he received the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Superior Civilian Service Award. 


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9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Program


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John H. Maurer

John H. Maurer - Professor John H. Maurer is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on National Security, sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis, and serves as the Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Grand Strategy in the Strategy and Policy Department at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.