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Ancient Wisdom
Know Thy Enemy
How to Fight an Elusive Enemy

The problem of targeting an enemy that avoids battles is not new. Consider, for example, the Roman Empire’s 1st-Century war against Tacfarinas in North Africa.

Know Thy Enemy
Are Tyrants Only Local Thugs?

Mostly perhaps, but in the right circumstances they can pose a threat to international stability.

Know Thy Enemy
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The Tyrant’s Hopelessness

The ancients knew: to understand a tyranny, you have to understand the tyrant’s soul.

Smash & Burn
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Putin’s Desire for Failure

By all appearances, Russia aspires to create a failed state on its own border. If this is the case, this also means the confrontation is less amenable to a diplomatic resolution.

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Know Thy Enemy

The modern Western penchant for trusting in the equal rationality of all is strategic folly. Aeschylus understood this well.

Russia and the West
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The Geopolitical Nihilist

Putin’s Russia may be able to wreck the geopolitical status quo, but it doesn’t have the power to replace it.

The Best Defense
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A Preclusive Strategy to Defend the NATO Frontier

In light of Russia’s recent moves, NATO would do well to rethink its defense-in-depth strategy in favor of a more forward-leaning posture.

The Revisionists
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“Salami Slicing” and Deterrence

The question for NATO leaders is not only how to shore up the deterrence that remains, but how to restore the deterrence that has been lost.

Life and Death on the Frontier
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Obama and Commodus

The Roman Emperor Commodus turned away from a fight against barbarians along the frontier to take up more rewarding domestic pursuits. It didn’t work out so well for the Emperor.

Retroview
Two Princes

Unlike Machiavelli’s The Prince, Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince isn’t usually on reading lists for policymakers and international relations scholars. But it should be.

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Pipeline Politics

Still, several hurdles remain for the beleaguered project.

Soft or Hard Landing

It feels like 2015 all over again.

the 45th president

A more important question than whether the botched health bill passes the House.

Red Tape

Trump is ready to streamline energy regulations, but that won’t be a big help to oil companies’ bottom line.

He Said He Said

All corruption revelations are due to tactical leaking in Russia. So who’s out to get Dmitry Medvedev?

Nuclear Strategy

A technical fix to America’s aging warheads could raise tensions with Russia by undermining its nuclear deterrent.

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