Notable Websites and Blogs

MWI – To Study Modern War There is No Substitute For Going – 27 July 2016

http://warontherocks.com/2016/07/to-study-modern-war-there-is-no-substitute-for-going/ Our Nation’s future leaders are fortunate indeed to have seasoned, sage leader-mentors at West Point, especially the Modern War Institute! Generations of commissioned officers have done what is known as the “staff ride” with the goal of studying and learning from war. First Printed in 1987, most recently reprinted…



MWI – Japan’s July 10 upper-house election: implications on US national security – 19 July 2016

http://mwi.usma.edu/japans-july-10-upper-house-election-implications-us-national-security/ Nori Katagiri writes that “the July 10 upper-house election in Japan will have important implications for the US-Japan alliance and the stability of East Asia, but the effect should not be exaggerated.” For more on US-Japan relations: https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33740.pdf


South China Sea – Territorial Dispute

The links provided are a partial, work-in-progress webliography of recent media coverage and strategic thought regarding maritime territorial disputes in East Asia, particularly the South China Sea: http://www.economist.com/news/china/21702069-region-and-america-will-now-anxiously-await-chinas-response-un-appointed-tribunal?frsc=dg%7Cc http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-13748349 http://opiniojuris.org/2016/07/12/will-todays-blockbuster-award-save-or-destroy-unclos-dispute-settlement/ http://opiniojuris.org/2016/07/12/will-todays-blockbuster-award-save-or-destroy-unclos-dispute-settlement/ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36545565 https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42784.pdf https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44072.pdf https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42930.pdf


Modern War Institute (MWI) – War on the Rocks: A Military Guide to Accessing Research on Fragile States – 22 June 2016

A Military Guide to Accessing Research on Fragile States see also: http://fsi.fundforpeace.org/ The Fund for Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security. The twelfth annual Fragile States Index (FSI) focuses on the indicators of risk and…




ICRC: Is the law of armed conflict in crisis and how to recommit to its respect? – 21 April 2016

http://youtu.be/XnSbYzP-Z_M https://www.icrc.org/en/document/law-armed-conflict-crisis-and-how-recommit-its-respect On 21 April 2016, the ICRC hosted a panel at the Humanitarium to discuss whether adherence to international humanitarian law (IHL) has been eroding in today’s armed conflicts and if so, how to rebuild respect for it. The panel also provided an opportunity to reflect on the role…


Modern War Institute: The State of Military Leadership in the 21st Century – 24 May 2016

http://modernwarinstitute.org/state-military-leadership-21st-century/ https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5497331ae4b0148a6141bd47/t/573f9413f85082130765745c/1463784485378/%23LEADERSHIP+Series+from+The+Strategy+Bridge.pdf MWI non-resident fellow Nathan Finney led a team of authors and editors in the creation of a volume on Military Leadership in the 21st Century, published on The Bridge . The articles in this document assess the current state of leadership in the military and identify key elements…


Modern War Institute: The Efficacy of Landpower: Landpower and American Credibility – 23 May 2016

http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/parameters/issues/Winter_2015-16/5_Hunzeker.pdf http://www.modernwarinstitute.org/efficacy-landpower-landpower-american-credibility/ Modern War Institute Non-Resident Fellow Michael Allen Hunzeker and Dartmouth College post-doctoral fellow Alexander Lanoszka argue American landpower helps make America’s conventional and nuclear security guarantees credible. Since these guarantees stabilize alliances, deter aggression, and curb nuclear proliferation, landpower’s relative decline could have serious implications for the broader…