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What Thucydides's Trap Gets Wrong about the United States and China - Modern War Institute

<b>Graham Allison, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)</b><p>In his recent tome, Graham Allison …

The Summer of Misreading Thucydides

There’s a delicious irony in the Trump team’s affection for the historian—who repeatedly shows how populists lead societies to ruin.<p>This year is the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” those months in 1967 when a hundred thousand hippies convened in Haight-Ashbury. Flower children held a …

Staff Colonels Are Army's Innovation Engines

The Army is at an inflection point, where the rate of technological and geopolitical change is outstripping our capacity to anticipate, adapt and …

A World War II Marine looks back and wonders: Where’s the America of sharing?

<i>Best Defense is on summer hiatus. During this restful spell we offer re-runs from the past 12 months. This item originally ran on February 12,</i> …

#Leadership Through Example

America's Military: Overcommitted and Underfunded

The administration wants to expand the armed forces’ commitments, even while contracting spending.<p>I confess up front to being a budget hawk. I basically believe that as long as the Pentagon is still buying two manned fighter planes after the unmanned revolution, there is more than enough money …

Military

What the Islamic State wants in attacking Iran

According to recent news reports, four militants went on a shooting spree in Iran's parliament, while other operatives detonated a bomb inside the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, killing 12 people.<p>If the Islamic State indeed ordered the attacks, it has …

Watching McMaster: The first rule of Realism is you don’t talk about Realism

Careful readers of Thucydides know that the’ glorification of brute force makes more enemies than friends<p>By Paul Yingling<br>Best Defense guest doctrine …

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.<p>The strangest part about the continued personality cult of Robert E. Lee is how few of the qualities his admirers profess to see in him he actually possessed.<p>Memorial Day has the …

Carthage vs. Mosul: The Utility of Tactical Theory

Mosul

12 Great Parks Around Washington

Best Park in Northern Virginia: Fountainhead Regional Park<p>Located in Fairfax Station on the Occoquan Reservoir, this place is for water lovers. The …

Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations

Angela Merkel has served formal notice that she will lead the German wandering away from the American alliance.<p>Seven years after the end of the Second World War, on the 10th of March 1952, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the newly established Federal Republic …

Reflecting on Readiness

Since General Milley, the Army Chief of Staff, was sworn in he has stated on numerous occasions that his number one priority is readiness. While the …

Military

What Did Trump Accomplish on His First Foreign Trip?

Some firm handshakes, forced smiles, and awkward sword dances. In short, nothing.<p><i>Let’s hear it for the Rainbow Tour</i><br>—Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, <i>Evita</i><p>Like Donald Trump, Juan and Eva Perón were populists. They seem to have shared Trump’s understanding of the purposes of philanthropy (for more, …

The Top 5 Lessons I Learned at SAMS

Nine Questions to Ask after a Terrorist Attack

With perhaps ten or more dead in St. Petersburg in what looks like a terrorist attack on a metro station there, the questions are starting to mount. …

Terrorism

Why Staying Put Was McMaster’s Most Patriotic Act

The National Security adviser was called a hypocrite for defending Trump’s handling of classified intelligence. But critics misread his book and his motives.<p>In the wake of H.R. McMaster’s May 15 press briefing on the president’s alleged sharing of classified information with the Russians (“The …

National Security

The truth about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee: He wasn’t very good at his job

By Michael S. Rosenwald<p>Michael S. Rosenwald<p>Enterprise reporter focusing on history, the social sciences, and culture.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>In the June 1969 issue of Civil War History — Volume 5, Number 2, pages 116-132 — a renowned Southern historian attacked the legacy of Confederate Gen. Robert E. …

Robert E. Lee

There Are Three (And Only Three) Types of Military Strategy

Don't let politicians convince you otherwise.<p>This is the last of our three primers on making sense of military news. (Find the other two here and here.) The point of the series has been to demonstrate that while modern usage is often confusing, and all-too-often the terms and ideas are misused or …

Seven questions Congress should ask about Trump’s mini-surge in Afghanistan

The Trump administration seems set to roll-out a mini-surge of up to 5,000 additional troops in Afghanistan, likely increasing U.S. taxpayer costs to …

The Operational Planning Team Leader Revisited

How Much Did Comey Hurt Clinton’s Chances?

And is it too late for his second letter to help her?<p>When FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Oct. 28 that he was reviewing additional emails …

The Strategic Calculus of Mass Murder: Why Genocide?

U.S. Strategy for al Qaeda and ISIS: It’s Groundhog Day

How to think like a futurist

<i>Pete Ryan</i><p>Want to reframe your view of what lies ahead? Innovation consultant Ari Wallach shares three transformative ways of thinking that could help …

There Have Been No Fatal Terror Attacks In The U.S. By Immigrants From The 7 Banned Muslim Countries

More evidence that the ban makes no sense.<p>There have been zero fatal terror attacks on U.S. soil since 1975 by immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries President Donald Trump targeted with immigration bans on Friday, further highlighting the needlessness and cruelty of the president’s …

I Went Through America’s Extreme Vetting

I’m a Syrian refugee. Trust me, it’s plenty tough.<p>I’m a Syrian refugee living in the United States. My family, which fled to Turkey in 2011 as protests against the government grew, is Muslim. And on Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that would have made it difficult, if not impossible …

United States

German opposition leader calls for security union with Russia, dissolution of NATO

The parliamentary leader of Germany's largest opposition party has urged the dissolution of the NATO alliance. Her remarks come after US …

How German Authorities Failed and Failed Again in the Case of the Berlin Attacker

Nearly two days after a truck rammed through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and wounding dozens of others, …