July 18, 2024

Our students come with a professional ethos and a professional mindset of being apolitical and fundamentally the decisions… we’re talking about often are happening in the political realm.

In a rather momentous occasion, our Editor-In-Chief Jacqueline Whitt turns over the reins of podcast production to our new Editor of A BETTER PEACE, Ron Granieri.
After the hand-off, the conversation turns to thinking about how faculty and students at the War College, and other institutions, are approaching the teaching of national security policy and decision making given the current global and domestic political environment. How can national security professionals understand allies’ and adversaries’ actions and motivations? What is the relative importance of process and psychology in influencing national security decisions? What tools and frameworks might help us make sense of the world around us? Can Whitt and Granieri convince you that we are all Constructivists now?



Jacqueline E. Whitt is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor-in-Chief of WAR ROOM. Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Photo Description: President Donald J. Trump speaks at a ceremony honoring those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was held at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington, Sept. 11, 2019.

Photo Credit: White House Photo


  1. The FP Establishment is too invested in face saving .

    This is an ex of civilians using intellectual abstractions to avoid confrontation w an egregious acceptance of normalization of massive intelligence breaches and endemic corruption when perpetrated by high status actors

    this applies two BOTH political parties and civilians entrusted with international and domestic security.

    Obtuse unhelpful model for discourse .

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