Danny Sjursen

Anti-war activist and scholar, retired U.S. Army Major

Danny Sjursen is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. His public writing and scholarship focuses on U.S. military policy, the Greater Middle East, imperialism, civil rights history, and the linkages between war and empire at home and abroad.  A retired U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate, he served combat tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at the military academy.  He transitioned to full time writing, speaking, and activism in 2019, and is now a contributing editor at antiwar.com. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, HuffPost, Mother Jones, The Hill, Salon, Popular Resistance, Scheer Post, and Tom Dispatch, among other publications. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. His forthcoming book, Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War is now available for pre-order; Steerforth Press will also publish his comprehensive revisionist history of the United States in mid-2021. Prior to joining CIP, Danny was a fellow at Defense Priorities and continues to research and publish part-time with the Future of Freedom Foundation.  He co-hosts the podcast "Fortress on a Hill," with fellow vet Chris "Henri” Henrikson.  In recent years, he’s been active in intersectional antiwar/social justice organizations such as About Face: Veterans Against the War and Veterans For Peace.  Sjursen was selected as a 2019-20 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellow.  He lives with his two sons in Lawrence, KS, home of the University of Kansas - where he earned an MA and is completing a PhD in American History.  Follow him on Twitter @SkepticalVet and visit his professional website for further information and past work.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

BOOK

Book: Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War

By Danny Sjursen, Senior Fellows

"This incendiary work by Daniel Sjursen is a personal cry from the heart by a once-model US Army officer and West Point graduate who became a military dissenter while still on active duty. Set against the backdrop of the terror wars of the last two decades, Sjursen asks whether there is a proper space for patriotism that renounces entitled exceptionalism and narcissistic jingoism. Once a burgeoning believer and budding conservative, Sjursen performed an intellectual and spiritual about-face. He now calls for a critical exploration of our allegiances, and he suggests a path to a new, more complex notion of patriotism. Equal parts unsentimental and idealistic, this is a story about what it means to be an American in the midst of perpetual war, and what the future of patriotism might look like." You may learn more and purchase the book at heydaybooks.com/patriotic-dissent.

Book: Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War

LATEST NEWS

The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen

Danny Sjursen interviewed

This is a fascinating discussion with Maj. Danny Sjursen on what the concept of patriotism should ideally be, as well as a deep dive explanation on what the military-industrial complex is.
Maj. Sjursen is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, a West Point military-historian, author, speaker, and now prominent anti-war activist. He talks about his experiences in Iraq and his new book "Patriotic Dissent," which re-examines what the concept of patriotism should be in a modern America of never-ending warfare.

Parsing Through the Convoluted Logic of US Foreign Policy with Danny Sjursen

Danny Sjursen interviewed

Danny Sjursen joins Matthew McKenna on Episode 37 of In the Context of Empire to speak about the confusing pattern of the United States being supportive of some uprisings, while seeking to crush others. They also discussed the wildly inconsistent reactions the United States has to various forms of terrorism.

Will Biden Finally Bring Troops Home from Afghanistan?

by Danny Sjursen

After 20 years of less-bad-strategies that never stuck or meaningfully moved the Afghan needle — maybe, for once, it’s Band-Aid time, baby! That’s right, ditch all the arguments to stay and fail — whilst only maintaining the fiction of not-yet-losing — and head home. Bring the boys and girls back, and fast.

Pity we didn’t do it back in 2016, 2009 — or 2003, for that matter. Nothing would have meaningfully changed — in the long-term, at least — on the ground if we had…and thousands of the troops Americans pretend-to-adore might be alive today.

Patriotism vs the Military-Industrial Complex

Danny Sjursen interviewed

Danny Sjursen appears on episode 7 of Independent Riot to discuss how we should conceptualize patriotism in an era of never-ending American warfare. He also provides a thorough explanation on the military-industrial complex.

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