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COL Sean Morrow


Combating Terrorism Center


Colonel Sean Morrow serves in the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. His research interests include national security strategy, alliances, and terrorism. As an infantry officer for 20 years, Sean has served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Korea. He is married to Meghan and they reside in West Point, NY with their three sons.

Ongoing Research Projects

“Blame Shifting: When Major Powers Abandon Regional War.”  This dissertation project examines the conditions under which a major power will remove itself from a protracted conflict, event when it has the resources to continue to fight. When a war is strategically unproductive, publicly unpopular, and costly, exit should not be complex. Ironically, the opposite has proven true and states muddle through interminable conflict. This project argues that the answer to this puzzle lies at the intersection of literature on war termination, audience costs, and leaders at war. The thesis argues that leaders recognize early when a prolonged, asymmetric conflict is no longer in the national interest, but require a scapegoat to shift the responsibility for losing prior to making the decision to withdraw or significantly reduce those commitments.

Publications & Presentations


Morrow, Sean M. “Bridges at Panmunjom”, The Wilson Quarterly, (Korea: 70 Years On: Summer 2020).,%E2%80%9Cthe%20world's%20loneliest%20outpost.%E2%80%9D

Hart, Alexis and Sean M. Morrow.  “Veterans in College Writing Classes – Understanding and Embracing the Mutual Benefit.” In Generation Vet: Composition, Veterans, and the Post-9/11 University, edited by Lisa Langstraat and Sue Doe. Utah.  Utah State University Press, 2014. 

Morrow, Sean M. “Decisions in Combat”.  Two monographs in Infantry In Battle: From Somalia to the Global War on Terrorism, edited by Joannie Horton. Columbus, Georgia. The United States Army Infantry School, 2005. 



Morrow, Sean M. “Shifting Blame and War Exit”. Presentation to Workshop On International Politics. The University of Chicago, 2018.

Morrow, Sean M. “Human Relationships in Combat”. Recurring Lecture to Boston College Honors Writing Program. Chestnut Hill, MA. 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017.