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“Britney Spears doesn’t do strategy”

July 29, 2010


A shorter talk by Professor Christopher Coker is here covering some of the same themes.

Arguing Afghanistan: Rory Stewart and Military Orientalism

June 8, 2010


As readers might’ve guessed, opponents of the campaign in Afghanistan are a nuisance of mine, from anti-war protestors who think because the country is hot and Muslim it must be like Iraq to more serious critics like Adam Holloway. The problem is not their position, which is valid, but the disingenuous arguments they use to […]

Arguing Afghanistan

June 4, 2010


I was lucky to get onto a discussion panel in March debating whether or not British troops should be withdrawn from Afghanistan, which was hosted by the university International Affairs Society. One of the speakers against withdrawal, Con Coughlin of The Daily Telegraph, dropped out at the last minute and I grasped the opportunity to […]

Afghanistan and Adam Holloway MP

May 31, 2010


The critique of Western involvement in Afghanistan provided by Adam Holloway and other distinguished commentators like Andrew Bacevich and Rory Stewart land telling blows on arguments for our presence there. We are hampered by financial and political corruption in the Karzai government. Our imperfect knowledge of local cultures and an under-appreciation of local politics can […]