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Dan Maurer

MWI Non-Resident Fellow Dan Maurer is an active duty Judge Advocate and former combat engineer officer, with service in Iraq during Operations Iraqi Freedom I and New Dawn, as well as in Italy, Africa, and varied stateside assignments. He was the first military or civilian lawyer to be selected as a Strategy Fellow for the Army chief of staff’s Strategic Studies Group, and has served as a prosecutor, appellate counsel, chief of military justice for a large Midwestern installation, and chief of operational law for an Army Service Component Command/Theater Army. Dan is the author of Crisis, Agency, and Law in US Civil-Military Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Clash of the Trinities: a New Theoretical Analysis of the General Nature of War (US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute Press, 2017), a chapter about civil-military relations theory in Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict (Potomac Books, 2018), and several peer-reviewed law review/journal articles about military justice, and has published widely at Small Wars Journal, Lawfare, and MWI. He earned his law degree from The Ohio State University, his LL.M. from the Army’s JAG School (recipient of the award for best thesis), and his B.A. from James Madison University, where he was an Army ROTC Distinguished Military...

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MWI Video: Panel Discussion on the State of US-Iranian Relations

Recent months have seen a series of escalations between the United States and Iran—especially the period in late December and early January that saw an increase in rocket attacks against US facilities in Iraq by militias loyal to Iran, violent demonstrations at the US embassy in Baghdad, and the strike that killed commander of Iran’s Quds Force Qassem Soleimani. What explains that series of events? Where does the relationship between the United States and Iran stand now? And what does the future hold? These are some of the complicated questions that were addressed by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty...

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Announcing MWI’s 2019–20 Scholars and Fellows

The Modern War Institute at West Point is pleased to announce its 2019–20 class of Adjunct Scholars and Non-Resident Fellows. Our call for applications for these programs attracted the a wide range of impressive and talented applicants, and we extend our sincere thanks to all who applied. Among the many qualified individuals we considered, those we selected stood out for their quality work and commitment to advancing our understanding of issues related to modern war. This year we have also elevated three individuals to Senior Fellows, in recognition of their many and ongoing contributions to MWI’s mission. With a...

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Experts Weigh in on the Most Pressing Questions about Civ-Mil Relations in the United States

“Ripped from the headlines,” the number of challenges facing military and civilian leaders in the US national security establishment are diverse, are global, and run the gamut from tactical to strategic. Iran’s nuclear program and allegations of attacks on civilian shipping in the Gulf of Oman. Russia’s exploitation of gaps in US and state democratic processes. China’s island-engineering and “lawfare” in the South China Sea. Boko Haram in Nigeria. The self-proclaimed Islamic State in the Sahel. North Korea’s uncertain belligerence. The ongoing legal challenges to the ban of transgender persons from military service. Growing numbers of retired general and flag officers publicly condemning the moral authority and competence of the commander-in-chief. A significant number of unconfirmed acting...

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