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Mackubin Owens: Navy poised to recover after Obama

By Mackubin Thomas Owens

Publication Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

During the Anglo-French wars of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Royal Navy maintained a decisive edge over France and its allies. That advantage did not arise from the superiority of the Royal Navy's vessels but instead from an intangible quality that was apparent from the Battle of the Nile to Trafalgar and beyond.   {read more}

IWP alumnus John Scimone to head security at Dell

Publication Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

John Scimone (’10) recently accepted a position as Chief Security Officer at Dell.  In this role, he will lead the company’s global corporate security program, aiding Dell’s businesses in the management of security risk across the physical and cyber domains.   {read more}

Alumnus Mark Beall receives Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On January 10, alumnus Mark Beall received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. This award is the highest level career medaled award given by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  {read more}

IWP alumnus to write political column for Brazilian paper

By Adam Smith

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

IWP Alumnus Marcio Coimbra (’15) will take over as a political columnist for Brazilian paper O Tempo (The Times) this week.    {read more}

Russia in the eastern Mediterranean

By Bernard Lugan and Thomas Flichy of La Neuville, Saint-Cyrís military academy - France

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Russian counter-offensive in the Mediterranean has gone so fast that the European chancelleries have been confused by their inability to anticipate the revival of a living power. The strategy of Vladimir Putin is nevertheless clear from a historical point of view: it is articulated into two acts.  {read more}

Dean Owens reviews Eliot Cohenís book "The Big Stick"

Publication Date: Monday, January 9, 2017

The late 1980s and early '90s were characterized by liberal optimism, if not triumphalism. The Berlin Wall had fallen and the Soviet Union had dissolved, marking the end of the Cold War.  {read more}

Polandís Counterrevolution: A Standard Narrative

By Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

Publication Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017

Andrzej Paczkowski's serviceable monograph on Poland's crisis in the early eighties, Wojna polsko-jaruzelska: Stan wojenny w Polsce, 13 XII 1981-22 VII 1983 (Warszawa: Prószyński i ska, 2006) has now been translated into English as Revolution and Counterrevolution in Poland, 1980-1989: Solidarity, Martial Law, and the End of Communism in Europe (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2015).   {read more}

A Review of Geoculture: Plaidoyer pour une civilization durable

by Olivier Hanne and Thomas Flichy de La Neuville

By Joseph R. Wood

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Two strategic thinkers of the famed French military academy at St. Cyr, Thomas Flichy de La Neuville and Olivier Hanne, have produced an important new study entitled Geoculture: Plaidoyer pour une civilization durable.   {read more}

IWP student denounces barbarism of ISIS towards women

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In a new video published by the Human Rights Network as a review of the documentary Escaping ISIS, IWP student John Smith* speaks out against members of ISIS who rape women in the name of religion.   {read more}

Strong from the Beginning

John Quincy Adams crafted a remarkable grand strategy for America.

By Mackubin Thomas Owens

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In his 2004 book Surprise, Security, and the American Experience, John Lewis Gaddis called John Quincy Adams "the most influential American grand strategist of the 19th century." Charles Edel, a professor at my former institution, the U.S. Naval War College, fleshes out Gaddis's argument in his remarkable new work Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic{read more}

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