Dominic Tierney: The Right way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts

For nearly a century, up until the end of World War II in 1945, America enjoyed a Golden Age of decisive military triumphs. And then suddenly, we stopped winning wars. The decades since have been a Dark Age of failures and stalemates-in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan-exposing our inability to change course after battlefield setbacks.

In what is sure to be a provocative presentation, award-winning scholar Dominic Tierney reveals how the United States has struggled to adapt to the new era of intractable guerrilla conflicts. As a result, most major American wars have turned into military fiascos. And when battlefield disaster strikes, Washington is unable to disengage from the quagmire, with grave consequences for thousands of U.S. troops and our allies.

Speaker Dr. Dominic Tierney is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and contributing writer at The Atlantic magazine. He earned his Ph.D. at Oxford University and was a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Tierney has authored 4 books on international conflict including his most recent book, The Right Way to Lose a War, published by Little, Brown and Company.