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Maoist Revolutionary War Outside China

Tue, May 16, 2023, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Featuring: Dr. Christopher C. Harmon, IWP Professor and Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare Distinguished Fellow at Marine Corps University
Location: The Institute of World Politics - 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States
Maoist Revolutionary War Outside China

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Maoist Revolutionary War Outside China


Dr. Christopher C. Harmon
 Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare Distinguished Fellow at Marine Corps University; Former Director of Counterterrorism Studies Programs in Asia and Europe for the U.S. Government


Tuesday, May 16, 2023
5:00-6:00 PM EST


The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036Commodore Barry Room – Marlatt MansionGetting to campus


This event is part of IWP’s China Series, organized by the China/Asia Program.

About the Lecture

The ideas of Mao tse Tung had a powerful impact—whatever one may think of their morals or their intellectual value. Maoism created the modern Peoples Republic of China and was then sent on outward marches to influence others around the world. The “export” of Maoist revolutionary warfare began by 1950, was refreshed with the 1965 pamphlet of Defense Minister Lin Biao “Long Live the Victory of People’s War,” and has recently been re-examined by scholar Julia Lovell’s 2019 volume Maoism: A Global History.

Dr. Harmon is lecturing on Wednesday, May 17th about this phenomenon, bringing forward examples of Maoist revolutions in Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Peru. The lecture draws upon the substance of his new syllabus at the Institute of World Politics, a course on the theory and practice of Maoism, to commence this summer (2nd term; July-August).

About the Speaker

Christopher C. Harmon directed “Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism” at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, a program detailed in Jane’s Intelligence Review (“Regional Teamwork,” September, 2018). Dr. Harmon lectured on Maoist revolutionary warfare for many years at the staff college for Majors at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, where he later held three academic chairs. He has published on the Peruvian Maoists of “Shining Path” in the journal Small Wars and Insurgencies. Harmon’s eighth book–Warfare in Peacetime, is forthcoming this spring.

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