Lt. Col. Isaiah Wilson III: “Thinking Beyond War”

The CHUM lecture series continues:

Why was there a deliberate plan to fight the war in Iraq but none to win the peace? This question, which has caused such confusion and consternation among the American public and been the subject of much political wrangling over the past few years, is the focus of Lt. Col. Isaiah Wilson’s lecture. Wilson locates a flaw in the government’s definition of when, how, and for what reasons the United States intervenes abroad. It is a paradox in the American way of peace and war, he proposes, that harkens back to America’s war loss in Vietnam and continues to this day to haunt U.S. intervention policy, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. His exploration of this paradox calls for new organizational and operational approaches to America’s intervention policy. In challenging current western societal military lexicon and doctrine, Wilson offers new hope and practical solutions to overcome the paradox.

Lt. Colonel Wilson is Associate Professor and Director of American Politics, Public policy and Strategic Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and author of Thinking Beyond War: Civil-miltary Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace . He holds a B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy, master’s degrees in Public Policy and Government from Cornell University, master’s degrees in Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Lt. Colonel Wilson is a combat veteran and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Date: April 26
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Russell House

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