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As some twitter folk requested, here is my reading list, presented roughly in the order that we will read them, but I’ve deleted all the assignments and the thematic categories.

In addition to the articles listed below, we read most of 2 books:


Howard, Michael. War in European History. Updated edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) ISBN# 978-0199546190

Kaufman, Joyce P.  Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)

– The Ammerdown Group, Rethinking Security: A Discussion Paper (May 2016), 1-7.

– Insurrection Act:

– Michael L. Wilson, “Chimpanzees, Warfare, and the Invention of Peace,” in War, Peace, and Human Nature: The Convergence of Evolutionary and Cultural Views, ed. Douglas P. Fry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 361-88.

– Gat, Azar. “So Why Do People Fight? Evolutionary Theory and the Causes of War,” European Journal of International Relations 15 (2009), pp. 571-599.

– Thucydides, Fear, Honor, and Interest extract

– Louis Rawlings, “War and Warfare in Ancient Greece,” in The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World, eds., Brian Campbell and Lawrence A. Tritle (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013), 3-16.

– Edward N. Luttwak, Edward N. Luttwak, The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, 2nd ed. (Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976, 2016) 1-55.

– Harari, Yuval Noah. “The Concept of “Decisive Battles” in World History,” Journal of World History 18:3 (Sept. 2007), pp. 251-266.

– Peter Paret,  “Machine Gun Section Advancing,” in Imagined Battles: Reflections of War in European Art, Peter Paret (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1997), 99-111.

– extracts from John Keegan, The Book of War, 52-60, 187-96, 226-28, 296-303, 318, 349-53

– Yuval N. Harari, “Martial Illusions: War and Disillusionment in Twentieth-Century and Renaissance Military Memoirs,” Journal of Military History 69 (2005): 43-72

– Frank Joseph Wetta and Martin A. Novelli, “‘Now a Major Motion Picture’: War Films and Hollywood’s New Patriotism,” Journal of Military History 67 (2003): 861-882

– Bayles, Martha. “Portraits of Mars,” The Wilson Quarterly 27:3 (Summer 2003), pp. 12-19

– Chris Hedges, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (New York:  Anchor Books, 2002), 43-61.

– Alex Roland, The Military-Industrial Complex, 2nd ed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming).  Cold War section (parts 1 and 2?), draft version in pdf.

– Westad, Odd Arne. “The Cold War and America’s Delusion of Victory,” The New York Times, August 28, 2017.

– Anand Toprani, “‘Our Efforts Have Degenerated into a Competition for Dollars.’  The ‘Revolt of the Admirals,’ NSC-68, and the Political Economy of the Cold War,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 30.4 (2019): 681-706

– Clausewitz, On War, ed. Anatol Rapoport (New York: Penguin, 1968): 101-138.

– Mao Tse-Tung [Mao Zedong], On the Protracted War (Peking: Foreign Languages Press, 1960):  extracts (23pp).

– Nathan K. Finney and Francis J. H. Park, “A Brief Introduction to Strategy,” in On Strategy: A Primer, ed. Nathan K. Finney (Ft. Leavenworth, KS: Combat Studies Institute Press, 2020), 1-14.

– Conrad C. Crane, “Off to See the Wizard: Planning for Iraq,” in Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2016), 23-40.

Tami Davis Biddle, “Coercion Theory: A Basic Introduction for Practitioners,” Texas National Security Review 3.2 (2020):

– Dag Henriksen, “Inflexible Response: Diplomacy, Airpower, and the Kosovo Crisis, 1998-1999,” Journal of Strategic Studies 31.6 (2008): 825-858.

– Melvyn P. Leffler, “ 9/11 and the Past and Future of American Foreign Policy,” International Affairs 79.5 (Oct., 2003): 1045-1063.

– Uri Friedman, “Fighting Terrorism with a Credit Card,” The Atlantic  (September 12, 2016):

– Andrew H. Kydd and Barbara F. Walter, “The Strategies of Terrorism,” International Security, 31.1 (Summer, 2006): 49-80.

Thomas P. M. Barnett “The Pentagon’s New Map,” Esquire 139.3 (March 2003) (8pp).

– H.R. McMaster, “How China Sees the World: and How We Should See China,” The Atlantic (May 2020):

– Francis P. Sempa, “Is H. R. McMaster the New Mr. X,”  The Diplomat (April 23, 2020):

– Lyle J. Goldstein, “How a few tweets helped lead HR McMaster to envision a new cold war with China,” Responsible Statecraft (May 13, 2020):

– David Barno and Nora Bensahel, “A New Generation of Unrestricted Warfare,”  War on the Rocks (April 19, 2016):

– Michael Kofman, “The Moscow School of Hard Knocks: Key Pillars of Russian Strategy,” (2017, republished Nov., 21 2019),

– Tom O’Connor, “Russia Sends More Troops West, Challenging U.S.-NATO Presence Near Borders,” MSN News, 6/5/2020:

– Nathan Jennings, Amos Fox, and Adam Taliaferro, “The Army is Wrong on Future War,” Modern War Institute (December 18, 2018) (13 pp):

– Johnson, Loch K., “The First Line of Defense,” National Security Intelligence (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2012), 1-34.

– Jordan, Amos A. et al., “The National Security Decisionmaking Process: Putting the Pieces Together,” American National Security, 5th Edition (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), 217-234.

– Gary R. Hess, “George W. Bush and the Second Crisis with Iraq: ‘Time is not on our side,’” Presidential Decisions for War, 2nd ed. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 221-48.

– Roland, Military-Industrial Complex (part 3)

– David R. Mets, The Long Search for a Surgical Strike: Precision Munitions and the Revolution in Military Affairs (Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air University Press, 2001), 1-4, 27-49 (print the bibliography and notes at your option).

– Laura Grego and David Wright, “Broken Shield,” Scientific American (June 2019): 62-7.

– Hugh Gusterson, “Drones 101,” in Drone: Remote Control Warfare (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016), 1-28  (e-book at Project Muse: Project

– Jared Keller, “A missile full of swords was likely behind the death of two Al Qaeda commanders in Syria,” Task and Purpose (June 16, 2020):

Suzanne Werner and Amy Yuen, “Making and Keeping Peace,” International Organization 59:2 (Spring 2005): 261-292.

– V. Paige Fortna, “Does Peacekeeping Keep Peace? International Intervention and the Duration of Peace After Civil War,” International Studies Quarterly 48.2 (2004): 269-292.

-Gregory D. Koblentz, “Biosecurity Reconsidered: Calibrating Biological Threats and Responses,” International Security 34.4 (2010): 96-132.

– Gregory D. Koblentz, “National Security in the Age of Pandemics,”

– Chapter 1, David E. Sanger, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age (New York: Crown, 2018), 7-37.

– Andrew J. Bacevich, “Changing the Subject: How the United States Responds to Strategic Failure,” in David Fitzgerald, David Ryan, and John M. Thompson, eds., Not Even Past: How the United States Ends Wars (New York: Berghahn, 2020), 199-210.

– Stephen Wertheim, “The Price of Primacy: Why American Shouldn’t Dominate the World,” Foreign Affairs, 99.2 (2020) (7pp)








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