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