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Peter Mansoor is the Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History. His research interests include modern U.S. military history, World War II, the Iraq War, and counterinsurgency warfare.
Mansoor’s most recent book is Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq (Yale University Press, 2008), winner of the Ohioana Library Association Book Award. Mansoor gave the keynote address on this book at the Perspectives in Military History conference this year in Carlisle, Penn. He is also author of The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941-45 (University Press of Kansas, 1999), which won awards from the Society for Military History and the Army Historical Foundation.
This past year, Mansoor organized a conference on Hybrid Warfare: The Struggle of Military Forces to Adapt to Complex Opponents. Hybrid warfare, a combination of conventional and irregular forces fighting against a common foe, has existed since the ancient world but has only recently been categorized as a unique type of conflict. This conference, with a keynote address by Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, examined the history of hybrid wars, how great powers have dealt with them, and their prospects for the future.
Mansoor is a highly decorated officer with more than 26 years of distinguished military service. Before coming to Ohio State, he served as Executive Officer to Gen. David Petraeus, then-commander of the multinational forces in Iraq.
Mansoor also served on a Council of Colonels that enabled the Joint Chiefs of Staff to reassess the strategy for the Iraq War. Based in part on this group’s deliberations, the United States began the "surge" strategy in 2007-08. Mansoor is also founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Mansoor has remained an important figure in the public discussion about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year he was quoted in the media more than 100 times. TV and radio appearances include CNN, CBC, Al Jazeera English, NPR, and 60 Minutes. Print interviews include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Associated Press, and more.
The Mason Chair in Military History is endowed by Maj. Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr., a 1941 graduate of The Ohio State University who retired from military service in 1976 and passed away in August. The previous holder of the Mason Chair was Allan R. Millett, now director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans.
Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History
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