Jakub Grygiel
Ancient Wisdom
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.

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.

Ancient Wisdom
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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.

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Daily Feed
Hugging the News Cycle
German Election Watch

Polls in Germany show strong support for Merkel and the status quo—but storm clouds loom beyond Sunday’s elections.

Crude Economics

The UK’s most important energy resource is on the rebound.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Myanmar cracks down on the Rohingya and the West wags fingers, Beijing sees an opportunity.

The Ethanol Expansion

Corn ethanol may be a good fit for China, but it’s still a disastrous policy here in the United States.

Land of the Rising Gun

As North Korea’s missiles fly over Japan, the debate about Tokyo’s defense posture is heating up.

Russia and the West

NATO is alarmed about Moscow’s major military exercises with Belarus—but too much panic could play right into Russia’s hands.

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