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Professor Isaiah Wilson, III

Photo Dr. Isaiah (Ike) Wilson III (Colonel, U.S. Army, retired) has earned a reputation as a versatile and innovative soldier-scholar. A decorated combat veteran with combat tours in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Wilson has been and remains a leading advocate for change in America's concepts of and approaches to security policy, war, and peace.

Dr. Wilson's military career spanned troop-leading, staff-planning, strategic advisory and teaching assignments, and he has published extensively on organizational politics, civil-military relations, national security (defense) policy, and grand strategy. His 2007 book, Thinking beyond War: Civil-Military Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace, along with his service on the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom Study Group, helped to increase public attention to the problems and errors in U.S. post-war planning for the Iraq War and sparked governmental movement toward policy reforms. He has been at the center of innovative planning in the future of U.S. intervention policy.

Dr. Wilson currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Army's Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) and the USAWC Press, at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He is also a senior lecturer with the Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University. He previously served as professor of political science and the Director of the American Politics, Policy, and Strategy program at West Point from 2005 to 2013, and was the architect and founding director of the West Point Grand Strategy Program. He has taught at the National War College, Yale University, Columbia University, and The George Washington University. Dr. Wilson is a nonresident Fellow with New America, and a nonresident scholar with The Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Wilson is also a life member with the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served on the Council's International Affairs Fellowship program selection committee, where he was also previously a CFR IAF (2005-06).

Dr. Wilson is a professor of political science. He holds a B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point, master's degrees in Public Policy and Government from Cornell University, master's degrees in Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the National War College, as well as a Ph.D. in political science (Government) from Cornell University.

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SSI books and monographs by Professor Isaiah Wilson, III

  • American Grand Strategy and the Future of U.S. Landpower

    December 05, 2014

    Edited by Major Joseph V. Da Silva, Dr. Hugh P. Liebert, Professor Isaiah Wilson, III.
    View the Executive Summary

    As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wane, an era of budget austerity emerges and the U.S. strategic focus shifts toward the Pacific, what role should LandPower play in American grand strategy? This volume offers an authoritative set of responses to this question from leading experts in international relations and security studies.