US Army War College Fellowship Program
During the year, Fellows engage in a range of activities, including:
- A yearlong independent research project on the Asia-Pacific region, which may extend to conducting site visits outside of Washington state
- Attending UW courses on international relations as well as the seminars specific to individual countries, histories, and diplomacies
- Briefing Congressional staff in Washington D.C. on their research findings
- Sharing military expertise with UW students, faculty and wider Seattle community through public events and outreach speaking opportunities
- Writing and submitting work that is relevant to current publications and eligible for a variety of academic awards through the Army War College
Unique to the program at the UW, a graduate-level rhetoric course, beginning with an intensive workshop and research series, preps Fellows in academic writing techniques that lead to clear, compelling, well-researched arguments that appeal to audiences spanning military and scholarly communities. When the intensive workshops conclude (and for the duration of the academic year), Fellows have access to one-on-one editing sessions with UW AWC Fellowships Writing Instructor Abby E. Murray, who has offered this tailored writing course since 2016. A few examples of published works by UW Fellows are listed under Research and Publications.
My work, ‘Sustainable Assurance with Security Force Assistance: Increasing Partner Readiness in the Pacific,’ takes a look at the use of a new Army force structure and the potential opportunities of utilizing that structure in the Pacific. Jackson School Professor Saadia Pekkanen’s guidance and expertise on national security and international relations in Japan and the region steered me toward key issues and contacts that gave me a new way of looking at the issues. Ultimately, this helped to produce a project to inform the U.S. Army and others on potential opportunities to increase readiness with our closest allies.