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Michael Burgoyne: Old Luk-Oie and military adaptation

February 9, 2011


I am pleased to publish a guest post by Michael Burgoyne, as he has been more than helpful to me with some of my writing. Michael is a Major in the United States Army and author of The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa. Incidentally, his co-author Jim Marckwardt will be discussing full spectrum operations at the […]

Steven Metz: Islamophobia and the crumbling of American strategy

February 7, 2011


Although I don’t agree with the conclusions, this guest post by Dr. Steven Metz is an excellent critique of American grand strategy since September 11th and the corrosive effects which Islamophobia has had. He is the author of more than a hundred publications on future war, the emerging security environment, military strategy, defense policy, international […]

Afghanistan, the Conservatives and the Special Relationship

January 26, 2011


Why does David Cameron support the war in Afghanistan? I have touched on this here and here, but one reason not yet addressed is the importance of the United States. Though not crucial to them, the Special Relationship is vital for us; and Hew Strachan believes this is the reason for our involvement in the […]

Don’t bring in the Bismarck unless you know what you’re doing

October 4, 2010


There are few things more dangerous than a historical analogy. It must be made carefully, the scenarios mirroring one another as much possible if people like me aren’t going to ridicule it. And if the comparison is with a period the reader fancies himself knowledgeable on, each sentence better be referenced by at least six […]

Up to a point, Lord Copper…

August 24, 2010


Tim Montgomerie, the editor of influential blog ConservativeHome, has written an article in the London Times today (£) defending George W. Bush and his legacy. He credits the president with many deserved but underrated achievements, from Africa and his outreach to moderate Islam to a burgeoning special relationship between India and the United States. ‘The […]

Good Lord…

August 18, 2010


I have been working on a post about the arguments around attacking Iran and not, which I hope to finish soon, but came across this video that is just, well, watch it. Have written three pages so far simply deconstructing this kind of dodgy neoconservative narrative.

“Britney Spears doesn’t do strategy”

July 29, 2010


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