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Command: The Politics of Military Operations From Korea to Ukraine

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ClassGraphic In the eight decades since the dawn of the Atomic Age, warfare has taken a new turn. Total wars like those fought in the first half of the 20th century have been effectively abolished due to the risk of nuclear annihilation. Yet the Cold War, decolonization, regional disputes and the rise of terrorism have created many occasions since 1945 for armed conflict. Moreover, the limitations on such conflicts have enhanced their political elements, putting additional stress on the difficult relationship between military commanders and civilian politicians. In Command: The Politics of Military Operations from Korea to Ukraine, noted British strategist Lawrence Freedman brilliantly exposes the political dynamics of fifteen different post-WW II conflicts. In this study group, we will discuss highly controversial subjects: Truman's firing of MacArthur; the French Army's revolt in Algeria; Kennedy vs. LeMay in the Cuban Missile Crisis; Nixon’s handling of the war in Vietnam; the Israeli government’s struggle with Arial Sharon, Saddam Hussein, and Che Guevara as military commanders; Donald Rumsfeld vs. the U.S. military on how to fight the War on Terror; and the tangled civil/military politics of many other conflicts. This critical issue remains with us today. Join us to learn about it from a master.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Mark McKeown2.James Smith 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/11/2023 - 12/11/2023 Weekly - Mon 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map James Smith  ; Mark McKeown 
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