Every year the amount of sheer talent, knowledge and experience that comes through the little town of Carlisle, PA is astounding. There is the student body at the Army War College and the nation’s leaders that present as part of the curriculum, the number of academic powerhouses associated with Dickinson College and Penn State Dickinson Law, and the speaker program at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Added to that list is the J. Sherwood McGinnis, Jr. War, Peace and Justice Project (WPJP) which began its Fall/Winter presentation schedule in October this year. A BETTER PEACE was fortunate enough to sit down with two of the program’s main presenters, General Sir Rupert Smith and LTG (Ret.) Jim Dubik, Ph.D., to discuss the project’s main theme: “Why has it been so difficult to achieve peace and justice as a result of our conflicts?” The two soldier-authors shared their thoughts and experiences with podcast editor Ron Granieri in a captivating conversation.
Be sure to check out the project’s website at https://www.warpeacejustice.org/ for future events. And visit the Cumberland County Historical Society where the project was hosted the next time you’re in Carlisle.
I think the last really good national conversation we had about war and its implications, and how to fight and wage it was post World War II.
James Dubik is a retired army lieutenant general, he is former Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division, and former Commanding General, First U.S. Corps. Currently, General Dubik is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War and Institute for Land Warfare, President and CEO of Dubik Associates and a 2021-2022 George Washington Research Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library. General Dubik is the author of Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory (2018) and the current Chair of the J. Sherwood McGinnis, Jr. War, Peace and Justice Project
General Sir Rupert Anthony Smith, KCB, DSO, OBE, QGM is a retired British Army officer and author of The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World (2nd edition, 2019). General Smith is also a senior advisor to the J. Sherwood McGinnis, Jr. War, Peace and Justice Project . General Smith retired from the British Army on 20 January 2002. His last appointment was NATO Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe, 1998-2001, covering the alliance’s Balkan operations, including operations in Kosovo, and is a Visiting Professor at Reading University, a Fellow of Kings College London, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Ron Granieri is 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.
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