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.
The Weak Attack The Strong
Russia may be difficult to deter at this point, with a highly motivated, overconfident and dismissive Putin believing that nothing can stand in his way.
The Russian Autocrat’s Eternal Return
For the Western political observer, Russia judged by common metrics always seems on the verge of being a spent force. As Joseph Conrad reminds us, Russia never seems to vanish from the map, and remains a font of imperialism and war.
Stand Up or Sit Down
Putin believes that the West is decadent, weak and divided. The West needs to prove him wrong.
Failed states cause more than just humanitarian problems and terrorism; they’re potential flashpoints for great power wars as well.
Empires and Barbarians
Pre- and postmodern “barbarians” have much in common, with sobering implications for U.S. strategy and the War on Terror.