In commemoration of this event, AEI’s Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and Program on American Citizenship are pleased to host a lecture with Allen Guelzo on the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College and author of the just-released “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion.”
It would be rash to draw too many conclusions from a fight over Qusayr, Syria, a town of just 30,000 residents, but the specter that looms is nothing less than the near-complete collapse of the U.S. position in the Middle East.
Gettysburg. The word is a looking glass for America, both as a blood-and-soil union and an ideal of liberty but also as an eternal striving to make the one realize the other. Gettysburg, like America, "contains multitudes."
A striking bipartisan consensus exists today across the think tank community on the need for Pentagon and Congressional leaders to address the growing imbalances within the defense budget that threaten the health and long-term viability of America's volunteer military.
It is a mercy to us that it requires so few to keep us so safe. But more than expressing our tender thanks, we civilians might try a little harder to understand not just the soldier’s sorrows but his joys and the satisfaction of a dangerous duty honorably discharged.
What are the internal political dynamics in Pyongyang? How likely is North Korea to carry out an armed provocation, and what are the prospects for war? Is American strategy properly tailored to deal with the challenge of a nuclear North Korea? Join us for a panel discussion of these and other important questions.