The Modern War Institute

The Modern War Institute (MWI) is a research center at West Point devoted to the rigorous study of contemporary conflict by convening interdisciplinary panels and speaker forums, providing rigorous policy-relevant research, and educating our future leaders on how to win on the modern battlefield.

"Once a widely practiced tradition, professional soldiers are no longer commonly embedded as official military observers during war."

This article is a critique of the dominant approach within the counter-terrorism community that failed to analyze IS’s trajectory as a distinct group.

Stability operations require careful targeting, design, implementation, and evaluation.

Dumping large sums of money into solutions that have provided no relief will only weaken the current state.

“The metaphorical Strategy Bridge links resources and power to policy and purpose. This is, indeed, an exceptional metaphor, if one describes strategy as a product…”

A Look at Urban Warfare in the Syrian City of Aleppo - A Modern War Institute podcast with Dr. Rodger Shanahan, Research Fellow, Lowy Institute.