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September 14th, 2021 on Zoom

Talk Description:
For a century, up until 1945, the United States won almost all its major wars. But since World War II, the country has endured a string of failures and stalemates in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Once the campaign turned into a quagmire, Washington struggled to find a way out, with grave consequences for thousands of American soldiers and our allies. The problem of ending an unwinnable war is the ultimate test of the resilience of the target country, the U.S. military, and even American society. Tierney explains why the U.S. struggles on the battlefield, how Washington can resolve a failing war, and how America can return to the path of victory.

Dominic Tierney is professor of political science at Swarthmore College and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has published four books, most recently, The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015). His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and various academic journals.