Military History

The Quetta Experience: Attitudes and Values within Pakistan's Army (Event)

What do we know about members of the Pakistani Army? What are their values? What are their attitudes toward the United States and other key countries? How do they perceive internal and external threats? What are their thoughts on Pakistan’s political situation? What do they think about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program? How do these perspectives differ, if at all, within the Army and over time? A new Wilson Center study by David O.

Rethinking Peace in Japan

Peace studies isn’t a phrase that gets bandied about much in U.S. media, especially when it comes to remembering the past. For Americans, remembrance of the Second World War in particular is an opportunity to hail the bravery of the greatest generation, and to celebrate the leadership of the United States in bringing about peace and stability in the aftermath of global conflict. 

Missing—but not forgotten: What the return of Korean War remains means for the daughter of one American soldier

Donna Knox never met her father. She was born two months after he disappeared in North Korea in 1952 at age 26, a star collegiate hockey player for the University of Michigan who was the father of a young son and a daughter on the way.

Still, he loomed large in their lives as his wife and children waited for word on his whereabouts.

Another Grim Milestone for the War in Afghanistan

Recent days have marked another grim milestone for the war in Afghanistan.

Last week, the Taliban stormed the city of Farah, the capital of a province by the same name in western Afghanistan. For a brief period of time, the insurgents seized and held several government facilities before being pushed out by Afghan ground forces and U.S. air strikes.

This is devastating news, not just for an Afghan nation exhausted by nearly two decades of a brutal and bloody insurgency, but also for the U.S. war effort.

Russia’s Role in the 2008 Russo-Georgian War

After a brief surge of sympathy for Georgia during the 2008 Russo-Georgian war, outsiders reached a general consensus of shared blame, exemplified by the EU fact-finding mission’s Tagliavini report. In retrospect, with an established pattern of Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, prize-winning journalist Yulia Latynina will revisit the context and causes of the 2008 war.

Live Webcast: Women's History Month: Women in National Defense

Sharon Dunbar, retired Air Force Major General and General Dynamics Mission Systems Vice President and General Manager of Federal Systems, joins the Wilson Center's Global Women's Leadership Initiative to discuss her rise from the third class of women to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, to Commander, Air Force District of Washington, her transition to the defense industry, and why women matter in national defense. 

Chinese Strategic Assessments of Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has been, and remains, a natural focus of China’s geopolitical ambitions. Beijing’s strategic approach toward the region has crystalized as Chinese capabilities have changed. Today’s China is unmistakably asserting its status as Asia’s dominant power and Southeast Asian states find themselves under growing pressure to accommodate and defer to a new and increasingly stark reality. The geopolitical future of Asia is in play, the pace of change is breathtaking, and the stakes both for the region and for the United States are enormous.

Book Launch | Vietnam's American War: A History

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program welcomes Pierre Asselin for a book launch discussion of 

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