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Dr. Mark Moyar

Dr. Mark Moyar is Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Marine Corps University. An expert on counterinsurgency, leadership, military history, and foreign policy, he speaks frequently to military officers and civilian officials at all levels. His books include A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq (Yale University Press, 2009); Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam (Naval Institute Press, 1997, and University of Nebraska Press, 2007). Dr. Moyar's writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Cambridge.


Triumph Forsaken, one of the most-discussed histories of the past decade, has been the subject of an academic conference and the book Triumph Revisited: Historians Battle for the Vietnam War (Routledge, 2010). Dr. Moyar is presently working on the sequel, which covers the remaining years of the war. A Question of Command ranks among the most original and influential works on counterinsurgency in recent years. General Sir David Richards, Chief of the General Staff in the UK, has written, "It is rare to read a book which combines academic excellence with such timely advice on a question of national importance. Mark Moyar has achieved this in his penetrating examination of leadership.... His perceptive analysis will have enduring value on both sides of the Atlantic for military commanders, policy-makers and historians alike."


Dr. Moyar was invited to Afghanistan in January 2010 to speak to top coalition and Afghan leaders about the leadership requirements for defeating the insurgents, and how those requirements can be met. At the conclusion of the visit, he received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service from Lieutenant General William Caldwell, the commander of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. The training mission commissioned a translation of A Question of Command into Dari and is distributing it to officers of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. Dr. Moyar has also spoken to American personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan during previous visits, and regularly lectures American officers preparing to deploy to those locations.

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