Cathal J. Nolan is a non-resident fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and professor of history and director of the International History Institute at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. He is the author of 14 books of diplomatic and military history. The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars are Won and Lost (Oxford 2017), received the Gilder Lehrman Prize in Military History. It was also the first winner of the Distinguished Book Award from War on the Rocks. His most recent study, Mercy: Humanity in War, will be published by Oxford in December 2022. Nolan has been a guest lecturer at various universities across the United States and overseas. Dr. Nolan is a frequent guest lecturer, media commentator, and expert consultant, both in the United States and abroad. His overseas experience includes directing a training course for young diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, Afghanistan, and leading student groups to build potable water pipelines and infrastructure in remote mountain areas of Honduras.