China and Middle East top MRE authors’ night

Join MRE members and guests for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and listen to Daniel R. Green and Robert Haddick talk about their newest books. The authors will answer questions about their books, and the effort it takes to be published.

Green bookDANIEL R. GREEN is a Defense Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He focuses his research and writing on Yemen, al-Qaeda, counterinsurgency, and stability operations. A lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy Reserve, Green has served in both civilian and military leadership roles in Afghanistan, most recently as a tribal and political engagement officer in Uruzgan province.

BRIG. GEN. WILLIAM F. MULLEN III, USMC is a 27-year Marine infantry officer based in Quantico, Va., whose experience with Fallujah began when he served in the city as the operations officer for a Marine regimental combat team from 2005 to 2006, then as an infantry battalion commander in charge of the city for most of 2007.

Green co-authored with Gen. Mullen “Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with al Qaeda.” The book describes the campaign that turned Fallujah from a perennial insurgent hotspot to an example of what can be achieved by the right combination of leadership and perseverance. The book presents a model of how determined, patient Americans can nurture local indigenous leaders and succeed in defeating a vicious insurgency inside a city.

Haddick bookROBERT HADDICK is a military analyst with three decades of experience researching security trends in Asia. He is currently based in Washington, D.C., as a research contractor for U.S. Special Operations Command. A former U.S. Marine Corps officer with service in East Asia and Africa, he has also been a columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine, the managing editor of Small Wars Journal, and a consultant to U.S. Central Command, the U.S. State Department, and the National Intelligence Council.

In “Fire on the Water: China and America, and the Future of the Pacific”, Haddick contends that much of the general public and many U.S. policy experts are unaware of the threat that China’s military modernization poses to America’s national interests in the Asia-Pacific region. He maintains that within a decade China will have the military power to place U.S. influence throughout East Asia at risk. To avoid a future crisis, the United States needs to fashion a new and more competitive strategy, one that better matches the strengths of the United States and its allies against China’s vulnerabilities.

NavySealsBookGREG MATHIESON is a photojournalist who has covered the White House, DoD and Congress for the past 33 years. During those years he has chronicled the epic lives of our heroic men and women in uniform, kings, queens, prime ministers, heads of state, corporate chieftains and government agencies. Distributed though his agency, MAI Photo-News, along with others, such as Time Life Pictures, Landov, REX Features UK and more, his images appear daily around the globe.

During the past 25 years, Mathieson has never given up in his efforts to do the ultimate photo book chronicling the activities of the U.S. Navy SEALs, and the closed community of Naval Special Warfare in which they live. Taking six years to produce with unprecedented access, his book US Naval Special Warfare/US Navy SEALs, with an opening by President George W. Bush and chapters by former secretaries of the Navy, now shows for the first time that secret world and historic record in detail.

The authors’ night is Oct. 2, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Medill School of Journalism’s Washington, D.C., Bureau, 1325 G Street NW, Suite 730. Washington, D.C. 20005. The author’s books will be for sale.

To Register for the MRE conference which includes the author night, go here.