Sean McFate’s “The New Rules of War: How America Can Win – Against Russia, China, and Other Threats”

March 24, 2021  |  12:15PM - 1:45PM

On Wednesday, March 24th, The University of Texas at Austin’s Intelligence Studies Project, Global (Dis)Information Lab (GDIL), Clements Center for National Security, and Strauss Center for International Security and Law hosted Dr. Sean McFate for a virtual book talk on his book, The New Rules of War: How America Can Win – Against Russia, China, and Other Threats. The talk was moderated by Dr. Kiril Avramov, Assistant Professor at the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and associate of the GDIL research initiative for UT-Austin’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. See below to view the video.


Dr. Sean McFate is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a professor of strategy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the National Defense University. He is also an advisor to Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs. McFate is a leading expert on mercenaries and is a regular consultant to the Pentagon, CIA, and Hollywood. His career began as a paratrooper and officer in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. McFate then became a private military contractor. McFate authored The New Rules of War: How America Can Win—Against Russia, China, and Other Threats (Morrow), which was named a “Book of the Year” by The Economist and is included on West Point’s “Commandant’s Reading List.” McFate also authored The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order (Oxford University Press). He has also written for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and Politico. As a scholar, he has authored book chapters in edited academic volumes, and two monographs on modern war for the U.S. Department of Defense. McFate holds a BA from Brown University, MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.