Military history for the modern strategist: America’s major wars since 1861

Friday, January 27, 2023, 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. EST

In his latest book, “Military History for the Modern Strategist,” Brookings senior fellow and U.S. defense strategy expert Michael O’Hanlon examines America’s major wars since the mid-1800s. Linking military operations, wartime objectives, and grand strategy, O’Hanlon explains history’s wars’ main causes, major campaigns, dynamics, and outcomes conceptually and succinctly. Addressing profound questions about modern American military history, he outlines three key lessons for decisionmakers, higher-level strategists, history enthusiasts, and military buffs alike.

On January 27, join the Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology at Brookings for a discussion with author Michael O’Hanlon in conversation with retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, who will provide insights on the role that military history has played on his experiences as a soldier, commander, and strategist. The discussion will be moderated by Senior Fellow Melanie Sisson, and the vice president and director of the Brookings Foreign Policy program, Suzanne Maloney, will deliver opening remarks.

Online viewers can submit questions by emailing or on Twitter @BrookingsFP using #MilitaryHistory.

Register to watch online:

The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Select event topics you're interested in  | View all Brookings Events