Category Archives: Current Affairs

An Unnatural Peace

In Shakespeare’s Henry V, which reaches its denouement with the victory of King Hal and the English “happy few” over the mighty French Army at Agincourt (the 600th anniversary of which was celebrated only a few days ago), the final scenes … Continue reading

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On PM Abe’s 70th Anniversary Speech

Today, the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese Surrender to the Allies in World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a speech-the full text of which can be read here (in English)-commemorating the end of the war, and remarking upon … Continue reading

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Of the Brotherhood and the Taiping

Earlier this year I read Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen Platt. The book, which is excellent, is the story of the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864) which took place in … Continue reading

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The Challenge of American Military Logistics

“Plan properly, or die” -Julian Thompson, The Lifeblood of War  If there is one military truism which is as universal as it is unsexy, it is the fact that the limits of warfare are defined by the logistics that power it. … Continue reading

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The Militia Conundrum in Iraq

“This was the soldiers‘ show now. Britain belonged to them, and they belonged to God.” -Simon Schama, writing of Pride’s Purge of the English Parliament, 1648 The Institute for the Study of War reported last week that Iranian-backed Shiite Militias, … Continue reading

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The Entente Against ISIS: Or the War of the Second Coalition (of the Non-Willing)

A week ago, US officials announced that an offensive to clear the ISIS or Daesh forces from Mosul was to commence in a few months. The announcement by Gen. Austin 5 days ago ends speculative discussions of this operation which began this fall, … Continue reading

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The Last Stand of the American COINdanistas

Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting at the Washington D.C Convention Center. Amid the endless parade of uniforms and business attire, I wandered up and down observing the … Continue reading

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