Dominic Tierney - The Future of War

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
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Dominic Tierney -          The Future of War

Americans love war. We’ve never run from a fight. Our triumphs from the American Revolution to World War II define who we are as a nation and a people.

Americans hate war. Our leaders rush us into conflicts without knowing the facts or understanding the consequences. Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq and Afghanistan define who we are as a nation and a people.

His latest book is The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015). In this provocative book, award-winning scholar Dominic Tierney reveals how the United States has struggled to adapt to the new era of intractable guerrilla conflicts. As a result, most major American wars have turned into military fiascos. And when battlefield disaster strikes, Washington is unable to disengage from the quagmire, with grave consequences for thousands of U.S. troops and our allies.

His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, and various academic journals.

About Dominic Tierney

Dominic Tierney is assistant professor of political science at Swarthmore College, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a correspondent at The Atlantic. He completed his PhD in international politics at Oxford University in 2003, and has held fellowships at the Olin Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

His previous book is How We Fight, which Ambassador James Dobbins, former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, described as, “A great theme, beautifully written and compellingly organized, it’s an important contribution to a national debate over the war in Afghanistan which is only gathering steam.”

Dominic is also the author of FDR and the Spanish Civil War: Neutrality and Commitment in the Struggle that Divided America, and Failing to Win: Perceptions of Victory and Defeat in International Politics, with Dominic Johnson, which won the International Studies Association award for the best book of the year, and was nominated for the best book of the decade.

Dominic’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, and on NPR.

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