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MWI Videos: Our Most Watched Speakers

Editor’s note: We’re taking a week off from our War Books series and featuring the most watched videos of our recent speakers at MWI-hosted events. Enjoy!   The Modern War Institute regularly brings experts, practitioners, and other fascinating speakers to West Point to speak to cadets and faculty. We’ve recently begun posting videos of these events for those of you who have an interest in modern war but aren’t part of the local West Point community. Here are our most watched videos. Mash Gessen Discusses How to Read Vladimir Putin On October 21, 2016, Russian and American journalist Masha...

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Video: Alternative Tools of Diplomacy, with Dennis Rodman

What form does American influence on foreign governments—and populations—take in the absence of formal diplomatic relations? In at least one case, that of a controversial, tattooed former NBA all-star. Dennis Rodman’s multiple trips to North Korea attracted intense criticism. But are there lessons to be learned from his visits about unofficial, alternative forms of diplomacy? That was the central question in a March 3 panel discussion hosted by the Modern War Institute. In addition to Rodman, participants included former mixed martial artist Chris Volo, who represents Rodman as his agent and accompanied him to North Korea, and Dr. Joe...

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Military Fiction Writers Discuss Storytelling from the Frontline

Why fiction? The question was the focus of a writing panel hosted by the Modern War Institute on February 13. “Everything is possible,” was the answer given by Matt Gallagher, a former US Army captain and veteran of the Iraq War, whose debut novel, Youngblood, was published last year. “[As the author], you’re not limited by reality.” Gallagher was joined on the panel by award-winning author Phil Klay, whose 2014 collection of short stories, Redeployment, won the National Book Award for Fiction, and by August Cole, a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and co-author of Ghost Fleet:...

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Call for Applications: MWI Non-Resident Fellows and Adjunct Scholars

The Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point cordially invites all interested parties to submit applications for its Non-Resident Fellowship and Adjunct Scholars Programs. Background The Modern War Institute is a research center at West Point devoted to the study of contemporary conflict by conducting rigorous and original research, convening interdisciplinary panels, speaker series, and conferences, and educating the next generation of military leaders. MWI’s Non-Resident Fellowship and Adjunct Scholars Programs assemble some of the world’s top thinkers, scholars, and practitioners of modern war and warfare. The purpose of the program is to enhance the rigor of the institute’s...

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