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After Empire
The Stages of Grief at the Frontier

Or, how to survive when your empire dissolves.

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Order and Chaos
Barbarians, War, and Saint Augustine

Political orders, even fragile, imperfect ones, are worth defending from those who would wreck them.

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The Revisionists
Predators on the Frontier

America’s rivals are probing U.S. defenses across the globe.

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Risk Analysis
Caesellius Bassus and the “Right Side of History”

The dangers of believing in the myth of Progress.

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Ancient Wisdom
When Deterrence Fails

Deterrence isn’t a sure thing even in the best of circumstances—and for the West these are not the best of circumstances.

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Nolo Contendere
The Danger of Not Competing

Withdrawing from a contest isn’t always cost free. Allies are always watching.

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Power Balancing
Emperor Nero’s Lesson on Ukraine

As the Romans knew, the secret to regaining influence over a teetering buffer state is: reputation, reputation, reputation.

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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.

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Know Thy Enemy
Are Tyrants Only Local Thugs?

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

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Know Thy Enemy
The Tyrant’s Hopelessness

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

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