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Grand Strategy and Alliances
Friday, April 12, 2013, 08:00am
To Saturday, April 13, 2013
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Peter Mansoor

Organizers
Peter Mansoor, Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History

Overview
This two day working conference will examine the problems inherent in alliance politics and relationships from the 100 Years' War to the 1991 Gulf War. The conference participants will examine the myriad factors that have made alliances work in the past through the context of grand strategy. The United States will undoubtedly have to rely on alliances to achieve its national security goals in the 21st century. The intent of this conference is to illuminate the dynamics that will drive the formation and functioning of those alliances.

Program

Friday, April 12

8-8:30 a.m. -- Continental Breakfast in Mershon Lobby

8:30-8:45 a.m. -- Welcome and Administrative Announcements
Peter Mansoor, Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History, The Ohio State University

8:45-9:45 a.m. -- English-Burgundian Alliance in the 100 Years War
Cliff Rogers, United States Military Academy

9:45-10:45 a.m. -- British-Prussian Alliance in the Seven Years War
Dennis Showalter, Colorado College

10:45-11 a.m. -- Break

11 a.m. - Noon -- American-French Alliance in the Revolutionary War
Mark Grimsley, The Ohio State University
                                  
12:00-1:30 p.m. -- Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m. -- The Sixth Coalition against Napoleon
Richard Sinnreich, former director, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies

2:30-3:30 p.m. -- Entente Powers in World War I
J.P. Harris, senior lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

3:30-3:45 p.m. -- Break

3:45-4:45 p.m. -- Central Powers in World War I
Marcus Jones, United States Naval Academy

6:30-8:30 p.m. -- Conference Dinner (invitation only)

Saturday, April 13

7:45-8:15 a.m. -- Continental Breakfast in Mershon Lobby

8:15-9:15 a.m. -- Axis Powers in World War II
Williamson Murray, professor emeritus, The Ohio State University

9:15-10:15 a.m. -- Grand Alliance in World War II
Mark Stoler, professor emeritus, University of Vermont

10:15-10:30 a.m. -- Break

10:30-11:30 a.m. -- NATO alliance in the Cold War
Ingo Trauschweitzer, Ohio University

11:30 a.m.- Noon -- Lunch

12:00-1 p.m. -- Gulf War (1990-1991) Coalition
Rick Swain, Third Army Historian, Operational Desert Shield/Desert Storm and former director, Combat Studies Institute

1 p.m. -- Wrap-up and Departure

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