The Reinvention of Warfare

 To break the bloody stalemate of WW1, armies revolutionized weapons and tactics in ways that still influence combat today.


new york times


How "Hyphenated Americans" Won World War I

A quarter of the Doughboys who defeated Germany in 1918 were foreign-born.  They slipped through "the unguarded gates of American citizenship" from Russia, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Ireland, and elsewhere, and then fought and died for the U.S.A.


washington post


A Century Later, America Must Remember the Lessons of One of its Biggest Blunders

1918 was the year that the United States became what it has been ever since: the greatest of the great powers. But it was also the year that failures in American leadership, combined with a partisan media and a gridlocked Congress, undermined Washington’s international position, paving the way for World War II.  




Everything You Know About How World War I Ended is Wrong


The American role in World War I is one of the great stories of the American Century, and yet it has largely vanished from view.  It must be baldly stated: Germany would have won World War I had the U.S. Army not intervened in France in 1918.  



The Challenges America Faced in 1919 Are the Same We Face Today

 The  problems America faced in January 1919 are the same problems we face  today:  rising authoritarians, a conflicted West, isolationism, and  technological disruption.  See how Woodrow Wilson attacked the problem.


On The Road with Geoff Wawro

Letter from Iran

Geoffrey Wawro's visit to Iran to see its cities, ruins and Persian Gulf and to explore view of U.S.

My extensive travels in Iran.  This piece was made "required reading for all Marines."


Letter from France

Geoffrey Wawro visit to French defense officials & Eurosatory arms show, discusses EU, NATO, etc.

My humorous look behind the scenes of European government & defense.


Letter from South America

Geoffrey Wawro tours South America, looking at Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru.

The continent-wide war on crime, drugs, corruption, and terrorism.  Up close & personal.


Touring the corridors of power in Rome

Geoffrey Wawro talks to Italian defense officials in Rome about the EU, NATO, & history.

"Without force in the world, you are nothing."  My staff ride through Rome on a Vespa.



Geoffrey Wawro articles in The Huffington Post

Afghanistan: The end is near and we've been here before.

My take on how the disastrous Russian experience in Afghanistan mirrors our own. 


"No Better Friend?": America, Israel, and the Occupied Territories.

How the Israeli tail has wagged the American dog since 1948.


"A Head for an Eye": Gaza, Israel, and the Limits of "Escalation Dominance."

My take on the limits of the IDF's traditional defense doctrine in an age of asymmetric warfare.


Nasser's Ghost: Time for Washington to break the stalemate in Egypt.

My take on the eternal stalemate of Egyptian politics, from Nasser to Sadat to Mubarak and beyond.


Blockading Palestine: Lessons from Exodus 1947.

The historical irony of Israel's blockade of Palestine.


Operation Desert Storm Turns 20: What Really Happened in 1991 and Why it Matters

Daily beast

Geoffrey Wawro articles in The Daily Beast.

Egyptian Protests Mirror 1979 Revolution in Iran.

My comparison of U.S. mismanagement of the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79 and how it relates to Egypt today.


First Gulf War's Mistakes Explain U.S. Presence in Iraq

I describe how the First Gulf War with Iraq in 1991 led to the Second in 2003.


Other short pieces

The Outbreak of WW1 and the Fall of the Habsburgs

Geoffrey Wawro article on the causes of World War I and the fall of the Habsburg Empire.

 To understand the complex origins of World War I, you must begin in the Balkans, and in the fading, somnolent court of Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph I. Why? Because the First World War could not have begun anywhere else, or through any other agency than Vienna's. 


Saddam's Sedan

Geoffrey Wawro's article on the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

What the Iraq War of 2003 had in common with the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.


Forza Italia?

Geoffrey Wawro's article on Italian defense policy.