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2010 PLA Conference: Other Peoples' Wars

PLA Lessons from Foreign Conflicts



Book Discussion


On February 17, 2012, NBR and the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College hosted a discussion at the RAND Corporation with the editors and several chapter authors from Chinese Lessons from Other Peoples' Wars on the key findings and policy implications of the volume.

Event Speakers

Andrew Scobell
RAND Corporation

Doug Lovelace
Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

Rich Ellings
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Roy Kamphausen
The National Bureau of Asian Research

David Lai
Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

Frank Miller
U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency

Christopher Yung
National Defense University

Dean Cheng
The Heritage Foundation

Co-hosted by The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College, leading experts on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) gathered at Carlisle Barracks, PA, on October 22-24, 2010, to convene the 21st annual PLA Conference.

The conference, entitled "Other Peoples' Wars: PLA Lessons from Foreign Conflicts,” sought to examine what lessons the PLA has drawn from conflicts around the world, and how those lessons might be applied to modern PLA tactics, doctrines, and intentions. While the PLA has not fought in a major war since 1979, it has studied the lessons of recent foreign conflicts abroad. In some cases, those lessons have resulted in observable changes to the PLA’s strategic, tactical, or operational posture. Thus, the goal of the conference was to explore how the PLA has studied and analyzed these foreign wars, and how this has influenced modern PLA strategy.


Conference Publications

Book Discussion Event Photos


NBR Senior Associate Roy Kamphausen (center) led a panel which included Christopher Yung of National Defense University (left) and David Lai of the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute (right)


NBR President Rich Ellings addressed the audience



Read the Colloquium Brief: Learning By Doing: The PLA Trains at Home and Abroad by Anton Wishik II (Strategic Studies Institute, May 2012).



For an overview of the 2011 volume Chinese Lessons from Other Peoples' Wars, download the Executive Summary Digest, which includes a brief excerpt from each chapter.

For more information, please contact:

Roy Kamphausen
Senior Associate for Political and Security Affairs (PSA)
psa@nbr.org

Travis Tanner
Senior Project Director
psa@nbr.org