Richard Kohn Analyses Civil and Military Relations

Professor Richard H. Kohn of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is featured at the next Washington History Seminar on Monday, April 11 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center. He will be focus on “Civil Military Relations: At the Heart of Military History.”

Military historians of the modern era have often neglected the relationship between the armed forces and the state, particularly its effect on outcomes in war and military policy and activity during peacetime. Yet some of the more famous writing on military theory have emphasized the importance of the topic. Military historians of the United States, as the literature reveals, have only now begun to address the subject systematically and in depth.

Richard H. Kohn has taught military history at the City College of New York, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the National and Army War Colleges, and–after serving as Chief of Air Force History for the USAF (1981-1991)– at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His publications have focused on American military and national security policy. With Peter Feaver he has edited Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (2001).

Reservations are requested because of limited seating.  To reserve a seat at the seminar, contact Miriam Cunningham at 202-544-2422 ext 103.  The seminar takes place at the Wilson Center, located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center and facilitates the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives Click for the Spring 2011 schedule and topics, as well as links to videos of past presentations. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.