Naval War College Review

The Naval War College Review is a scholarly journal, published quarterly under the auspices of the U.S. Naval War College and the Department of the Navy, but exercising editorial independence; the thoughts and opinions expressed in the publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the department or the U.S. Naval War College.

The Review has been published continuously since 1948. It serves as a forum for discussion of public policy matters of interest to the maritime services. The candid views of the authors are presented for the professional education of the readers. Articles are drawn from a wide variety of sources to inform, stimulate, and challenge readers, and to serve as a catalyst for new ideas.

Volume 71, Number 2 (2018) Spring

The cover shows the Chinese characters for “maritime great power” superimposed on a representation of the fleet of Admiral Zheng He, China’s fifteenth-century mariner whose expeditions extended throughout Asia and as far as East Africa. China subsequently refrained from extensive maritime endeavors for centuries; recently it has attempted to correct this state of affairs. In “Underway: Beijing’s Strategy to Build China into a Maritime Great Power,” Liza Tobin analyzes what China means by the concept of maritime great power and how it is pursuing that status.

Full Issue


Full Spring 2018 Issue
The U.S. Naval War College

From the Editor


From the Editors
Carnes Lord

President's Forum


Book Reviews


Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
Christopher Nelson and Thomas E. Ricks


The Evolution of Modern Grand Strategic Thought
Richard J. Norton and Lukas Milevski


Timothy J. Demy and Patrick N. Hunt

Reflections on Reading


Reflections on Reading
John E. Jackson

Additional Writing


Image by Bruno Zaffoni. Original in the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, Melaka, Malaysia