Petraeus ’74 Releases “Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine”

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In their new book “Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine,” GEN (R) David Petraeus ’74, who commanded the U.S.-led coalitions in both Iraq, during the Surge, and Afghanistan and former CIA director, and the prize-winning historian Andrew Roberts, explore over 70 years of conflict, drawing significant lessons and insights from their fresh analysis of the past. 

Drawing on their different perspectives and areas of expertise, Petraeus and Roberts show how often critical mistakes have been repeated time and again, and the challenge, for statesmen and generals alike, of learning to adapt to various new weapon systems, theories and strategies. Among the conflicts examined are the Arab-Israeli wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the two Gulf Wars, the Balkan wars in the former Yugoslavia, and both the Soviet and Coalition wars in Afghanistan, as well as guerilla conflicts in Africa and South America. 

The book culminates with a bracing look at Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and an assessment of the nature of future warfare. “Conflict” is not only a critical assessment of our recent past, but also an essential primer of modern warfare that provides crucial knowledge for waging battle today as well as for understanding what the decades ahead will bring.

“Conflict” has been nominated for Book of the Year 2024 from Military History Matters magazine.

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