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Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife - John A. Nagl

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife – John A. Nagl

  John A. Nagl performs a comparative study in his book, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife, between the British Army’s response to Malaya and the American Army’s response to Vietnam. By examining each case study at length, Nagle concludes that the ability or inability to learn resulted in success for the British and […]

Retrofitting Suburbia - Ellen Dunham-Jones

Retrofitting Suburbia – Ellen Dunham-Jones

In a TED presentation, Ellen Dunham-Jones shows how to drastically improve the sustainability of cities by reducing suburban sprawl through “retrofitting,” the redevelopment of underperforming retail and office property. The primary design project over the next few decades will be retrofitting old retail sites into more productive sites. Through retrofitting, growth can be redirected into existing property instead […]

Counterinsurgency Reading List

Counterinsurgency Reading List

Note: This is very much a work in progress, there are numerous sources and material for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of counterinsurgency (COIN).  The material I have included below merely reflects the sources I’m currently familiar with. For the moment, this list will be fairly informal and includes some speculation. Please feel free […]

South Asia’s Geography of Conflict – Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan has recently released a report that examines the pivotal role that both India and Afghanistan play in the strategic interest of the United States. According to Kaplan, India is a crucial pivot between China and the United States, with the potential of altering future relations between these two great powers as China’s influence within the international […]

Forces of Fortune - Vali Nasr

Forces of Fortune – Vali Nasr

  In his new book, Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What it will Mean for Our World, Vali Nasr provides an overview of the broad, societal trends that have shaped the Middle East over the last century. Each chapter serves as an overview of the popular topics of […]

How to Ditch Political Pundits and Build a Grounded World View

How to Ditch Political Pundits and Build a Grounded World View

  The internet and 24-hour news cycles have dramatically increased the volume of information on policy, making it quite difficult to actually find the stuff worth reading or watching. Here are our strategies for filtering out the noise and learning as much as possible about the world we live in. Cancel Your Cable. That’s not […]

The Response to the Financial Crisis - Joseph Stiglitz

The Response to the Financial Crisis – Joseph Stiglitz

As an early critic of the Washington Consensus (an opinion that got him fired from his position as the Chief Economist at the World Bank) and a 2001 Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Stiglitz has repeated challenged the conventional norms regarded economic and financial policy. Frequently, he has been proven completely correct. Within the below video, Stiglitz offers his insights into the […]

Power Transition Theory

Power Transition Theory

Power Transition Theory attempts to predict periods of heightened conflict within the international system by differentiating between global hegemons and potential challengers. The graph below gives a simplified overview of Power Transition Theory:   The probability of war will increase during the power transition, the shaded area, and conflict will result from one of two circumstances: The rising great […]

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

Dead Aid – Dambisa Moyo

In direct contention with the pervading assumption that international aid is critical for the survival and eventual growth of the most impoverished countries, Dambisa Moyo contends that aid has actually inhibited these countries from achieving sustainable economic growth. Instead of providing a basic level of sustenance for a country, aid encourages corruption and locks a country into […]

The Consequences of Military Action Against Iran - Paul Rogers

The Consequences of Military Action Against Iran – Paul Rogers

The Oxford Research Group has recently released the report “Military Action Against Iran: Impact and Effects” by Paul Rogers analyzing the likely ramifications of military intervention in Iran by either the United States or Israel that targets Iran’s nuclear capabilities. The report concludes that military action is highly inadvisable and should be avoided at all costs. While […]