C. Dale Walton
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Dr. C. Dale Walton is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, USA. His previous career experience includes teaching at the University of Reading (UK) from 2007-12, serving on the faculty of the Defense and Strategic Studies Department at Missouri State University from 2001-07, and working as a Senior Analyst with the National Institute for Public Policy. As a PhD student at the University of Hull (UK), he was an H.B. Earhart Fellow.
Dr. Walton is the author of three books: Grand Strategy and the Presidency: Foreign Policy, War, and the American Role in the World (Routledge, 2012); Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the Twenty-first Century: Multipolarity and Revolution in Strategic Perspective (Routledge, 2007); and The Myth of Inevitable U.S. Defeat in Vietnam (Frank Cass/Routledge, 2002); and is a co-author of Understanding Modern Warfare (Cambridge University Press, 2008). In addition, he has published more than seventy chapters, scholarly articles, and book reviews.
Dr. Walton’s research interests include strategic relationships and security problems in Asia, geopolitics and the changing geostrategic environment, U.S. military and strategic history, and the influence of religious and ideological beliefs on strategic behavior.
Grand Strategy and the Presidency: Foreign Policy, War, and the American Role in the World, Strategy and History series (London and New York: Routledge, 2012).
With David Jordan, James Kiras, David Lonsdale, Ian Speller, and Chris Tuck, Understanding Modern Warfare (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the 21st Century: Multipolarity and the Revolution in Strategic Perspective, Geopolitical Theory series (London and New York: Routledge, 2007).
The Myth of Inevitable US Defeat in Vietnam, Strategy and History series (London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2002).
Book Chapters and Edited Volumes
With Beatrice Heuser, eds., “Atrocities,” special issue of Civil Wars journal, in press.
“The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-First Century,” in John Baylis, James J. Wirtz and Colin S. Gray, eds., Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies, 4th ed. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2012), in press.
“Weapons Technology in the Two Nuclear Ages,” in Roger Chickering, Dennis Showalter, and Hans van de Ven, eds. Cambridge History of Warfare, vol 4: War in the Modern World, 1850-2005 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), in press.
“The War Without a Strategy: Presidents, the Pentagon, and Problems in Civil-Military Relations Since the 9/11 Attacks,” in Stephen J. Cimbala, ed., Civil-Military Relations in Perspective: Strategy, Structure, and Policy (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2012), 101-114.
“Nuclear Questions: Bush Administration WMD Security Strategy and the Second Nuclear Age,” in Stephen J. Cimbala, ed., The George W. Bush Defense Program:
Policy, Strategy and War (Herndon, VA: Potomac Books, 2010), 185-2002.
“The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-First Century,” in John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, Eliot Cohen, and Colin S. Gray, eds., Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies, 3rd ed. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2009), 208-26.
“The Triumph Over Illusion: William Van Cleave and the Battle against Conventional Wisdom,” in Bradley Thayer, ed., American National Security Policy: Essays in Honor of William R. Van Cleave (Fairfax, VA: National Institute Press, 2007), 205-09.
With Colin S. Gray, “The Second Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-first Century,” in John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, Eliot Cohen, and Colin S. Gray, eds., Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies, 2nd ed. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2007), 209-27.
“An Actual Communist Threat?” and “Communism and Labor,” in Robbie Lieberman, ed., The Red Scare After 1945, History in Dispute series, vol. 19 (Farmington Hills, MI: St. James Press, 2005), 2-4 and 68-70.
With Keith B. Payne, “Deterrence: Theory and Practice,” in John Baylis, Eliot Cohen, Colin S. Gray, and James J. Wirtz, eds., Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2002), 161-82.
Articles and Review Essays
“Vietnam and After: Failure in the Vietnam War and the Enduring Defects in US Strategic Culture”, Infinity Journal, IJ Special Edition, “Strategic Misfortunes”, October 2012, pages 25-28
“Victory Through Villianization: Atrocity, Global, Opinion, and Insurgent Strategic Advantage,” Civil Wars, in press.
“The Futile Decade: The US Failure in Afghanistan and Its Lessons,” Infinity Journal 2/1 (Winter 2011), 9-12
“The Case for Strategic Traditionalism: War, National Interest and Liberal Peacebuilding,” International Peacekeeping 16/5 (November 2009), 717-734.
“Not Only Islamism: Great Power Politics and the Future of Terrorism,” Comparative Strategy 26/1 (January-February 2007), 21-37.
“Navigating the Second Nuclear Age: Proliferation and Deterrence in this Century,” Global Dialogue 8/1 (Winter/Spring 2006), 22-31.
“The Geography of Universal Empire: A Revolution in Strategic Perspective and Its Lessons,” Comparative Strategy 24/3 (July-September 2005), 223-235.
“The West and its Antagonists: Culture, Globalization, and the War on Terrorism,” Review essay, Comparative Strategy 23/3 (July-September 2004), 303-312.
“The Strategist in Context: Culture, the Development of Strategic Thought, and the Pursuit of Timeless Truth,” Review essay, Comparative Strategy 23/1 (January-March 2004), 93-99.
“Preserving a Culture of Liberty: American Homeland Defense and the Effective Prosecution of the War on Terrorism,” Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies, Issue 3, 2003, 243-51, published online at
“Coping With Anarchy: Interstate Violence and the Character of American Foreign Policy,” Review essay, Comparative Strategy 21/5 (October-December 2002), 417-27.
“Beyond China: The Geopolitics of Eastern Eurasia,” Comparative Strategy 21/3 (July-September 2002), 203-212.
“Washington Deterred: China and American Conduct of the Vietnam War,” published online by the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University
“Catastrophic Errors: Totalitarian Ideology in the Twentieth Century,” Review essay, Comparative Strategy 21/2 (April-June 2002), 115-19.
“Vietnam: Avoidable Tragedy or Prudent Endeavor?” Review essay, Comparative Strategy 19/4 (October-December 2000), 355-360.
“The Decline of the Third Rome: Russia’s Prospects as a Great Power,” Journal of Slavic Military Studies 12/1 (March 1999), 51-63.
“Europa United: The Rise of a Second Superpower and Its Effect on World Order,” European Security 6/4 (Winter 1997), 44-54.
Reports and Projects
“Domestic Politics in Undemocratic States: Considerations for Deterrence,” Report for the Department of Defense Office of Net Assessment (Fairfax, VA: National Institute for Public Policy, June 2010).
Content to accompany John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, Eliot Cohen, and Colin S. Gray, eds., Strategy in the Contemporary World, 2nd ed. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2007), including case studies (“All Against All: The Conflict in the Congo,” “Conflict Without Victory: The Iran-Iraq War,” “Holding a Decaying Empire Together: The Conflict in Chechnya,” “No End in Sight: The Israel-Palestine Conflict Since Oslo,” and “The US Invasion of Iraq: The American Way of War and the Dilemmas of Counterinsurgency”), a bank of test questions, and PowerPoint slides. Published online in December 2006 at
With Keith B. Payne et al., Rationale and Requirements for U.S. Nuclear Forces and Arms Control, Vol. I: Executive Report and Vol. II: Foundation Report (Fairfax, VA: National Institute for Public Policy, 2001).
Korean Futures Project International Simulation: 26-28 January 2000, DSD Research Report 00-3 (Newport, RI: US Naval War College Center for Naval Warfare Studies/Decision Strategies Department, March 2000).
Reviews and Short Pieces
(large number of reviews – full list available on CV)
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