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Photo Essay: International Staff Ride 2014

This year’s International Staff Ride (ISR), a tradition dating back to 2000, spanned four days of intense learning and roleplaying of the decision-makers who forever altered history in 1918: presidents, politicians, commanders, soldiers, journalists, activists and others.

SAIS Observer’s coverage of the this year’s ISR:  “Down the Western Front, 100 Years Later – ISR 2014”

Local WWI historian Gilles Lagin points out German positions to the Quartermasters during one of the their reconnaissance trips.  The pictures in his hand were taken on the same spot in 1918.  (Photo: Eric Lindsey)

Local WWI historian Gilles Lagin points out German positions to the Quartermasters during one of the their reconnaissance trips. The pictures in his hand were taken on the same spot in 1918. (Photo: Eric Lindsey)

Several weeks prior to departure, students work to create the large canvas maps that are used during presentations on the ISR.  (Photo: Mike Youn)

Several weeks prior to departure, students work to create the large canvas maps that are used during presentations on the ISR. (Photo: Mike Youn)

The Last Post Ceremony in Ypres, Belgium provided a fitting kick-off for the staff ride.  Performed every night by volunteers, this night featured a full pipes and drums band, a parade of veterans, and a wreath-laying ceremony.  (Photo: Mike Youn)

The Last Post Ceremony in Ypres, Belgium provided a fitting kick-off for the staff ride. Performed every night by volunteers, this night featured a full pipes and drums band, a parade of veterans, and a wreath-laying ceremony. (Photo: Mike Youn)

Three of the best-dressed presenters: Idon Natanzon as General Erich Ludendorff, Anne Gillman as Prime Minister David Lloyd George, and Nate Rozelle as Field Marshal Douglas Haig (all MA 14).

Three of the best-dressed presenters: Idon Natanzon as General Erich Ludendorff, Anne Gillman as Prime Minister David Lloyd George, and Nate Rozelle as Field Marshal Douglas Haig (all MA 14).

Daniel Flesch and Rebecca Ward (MA 15) check out the accommodations in a recreated German dugout at a museum covering the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele near Ypres.  (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Daniel Flesch and Rebecca Ward (MA 15) check out the accommodations in a recreated German dugout at a museum covering the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele near Ypres. (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Quartermasters Eric Lindsey and Marisa Sullivan (MA 14) introduce a speaker who will describe what happened at this spot, site of the first tank-versus-tank battle. (Photo: Mike Youn)

Quartermasters Eric Lindsey and Marisa Sullivan (MA 14) introduce a speaker who will describe what happened at this spot, site of the first tank-versus-tank battle. (Photo: Mike Youn)

Australian SAIS alum Chris McNicol (MIPP 06) describes the novel combined-arms tactics that his character, Australian Gen. Sir John Monash, used to take the town and heights behind him.  (Photo: Mike Youn)

Australian SAIS alum Chris McNicol (MIPP 06) describes the novel combined-arms tactics that his character, Australian Gen. Sir John Monash, used to take the town and heights behind him. (Photo: Mike Youn)

Professor Eliot Cohen cracks a smile during a difficult question and answer session on the ramparts of a castle overlooking Chateau-Thierry.  (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Professor Eliot Cohen cracks a smile during a difficult question and answer session on the ramparts of a castle overlooking Chateau-Thierry. (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Professor Eliot Cohen cracks a smile during a difficult question and answer session on the ramparts of a castle overlooking Chateau-Thierry.  (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Professor Eliot Cohen cracks a smile during a difficult question and answer session on the ramparts of a castle overlooking Chateau-Thierry. (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Retired British General Sir Paul Newton and retired U.S. General Mark Hertling debate the merits of “amalgamating” U.S. troops under British command over dinner in Reims.  (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Retired British General Sir Paul Newton and retired U.S. General Mark Hertling debate the merits of “amalgamating” U.S. troops under British command over dinner in Reims. (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Jacob Cohn (MA 14) and Will Quinn (MA 15) explore the remains of a German position atop the Butte de Vauquois.  (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Jacob Cohn (MA 14) and Will Quinn (MA 15) explore the remains of a German position atop the Butte de Vauquois. (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Billy Ciucci leads the group on a hike following the path his character, Cpl. Alvin York, took when he captured 132 Germans and earned the Medal of Honor.  (Photo: Eric Lindsey)

Billy Ciucci leads the group on a hike following the path his character, Cpl. Alvin York, took when he captured 132 Germans and earned the Medal of Honor. (Photo: Eric Lindsey)

The battlefield portion of the staff ride concluded with the playing of Taps at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the final resting place of 14,246 troops.  (Photo: Benji Preminger)

The battlefield portion of the staff ride concluded with the playing of Taps at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the final resting place of 14,246 troops. (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Playing the role of economist John Maynard Keynes, Tom Keating explains his objections to the Treaty of Versailles in front of the palace where it was signed.  (Photo: Benji Preminger)

Playing the role of economist John Maynard Keynes, Tom Keating explains his objections to the Treaty of Versailles in front of the palace where it was signed. (Photo: Benji Preminger)

The ISR group in the courtyard of Versailles.  (Photo: Benji Preminger)

The ISR group in the courtyard of Versailles. (Photo: Benji Preminger)

 

 

 

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