Military Fellows Program

Established in 2019 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Watson’s Military Fellows Program brings U.S. and international military officers to the Institute. For one year, fellows participate in security-related research, seminars, classes, and public events alongside Watson’s faculty, students and policy practitioners.


Military Fellows conduct timely, relevant, and impactful research on a broad range of issues for formal publication as either a capstone or special research project, and also conduct lectures and produce opinion editorials during their time at Watson.

Capstone Papers
Delivering a Sustainable Tomorrow: The U.S. Military’s Role in the Future of Global Climate Change

By Theodore J. Shanks BA, MA
The nature of war does not change. This Clausewitzian principle, ground into the minds of even the youngest military scholars, has influenced generations of strategic minds. While no doubt valid, this axiom paradoxically tends to stifle innovative technologies and concepts, hoodwinking young military planners into believing innovation has little place in warfare. If war never changes, why evolve? However, while war’s nature is indeed constant, war’s character undoubtedly evolves. The U.S. Department of Defense, as well as the various federally funded think-tanks and academic institutions around the nation, spend considerable money, resources, and effort to uncover new and emerging threats to American security and devise ways to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate those threats. One threat, although clearly identified for nearly a century, remains conspicuously by the wayside: global climate change.

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Your Defense
By Jonathan Bott
"There is a clear focus on open and stable international systems, democratic alliances, and multi- lateral partnerships extending across foreign and domestic security. It may seem like the stuff of policy committees, United Nations council meetings, and back-room deal brokers, but history is replete with examples of how the perspectives found in academic institutions such as Brown University are critical to national defense."

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Current Fellows

2023 was an exciting year at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs with the Institute welcoming its largest-ever cohort of military fellows, celebrating 10 years of the China Initiative and welcoming new leaders. This year’s top 10 stories from the Watson Institute appear below.
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The Watson Institute recently welcomed a new cohort to its Military Fellows Program for the 2023-2024 academic year. The six new fellows will spend the next year immersed in Watson's scholarly community, engaging with students and faculty, taking classes, giving special lectures, attending seminars and conducting research.
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Brown University hosted its inaugural Warrior-Scholar Project Humanities Academic Boot Camp at Watson from June 17-24 with the aid of three Watson-affiliated faculty. The rigorous week-long program is designed to ease the transition between military and academic life for U.S. veterans and active service members.
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