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Clausewitz

Charles Darwin Has Much to Teach Us About War

William Astore | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
William Astore

In his model of the face of nature, Darwin showcases the interconnectedness of all species, together with the way in which changes to that face (the hammer blows) favor some species (wedges) while forcing out others.

Obama, ISIS, Kissinger and Clausewitz: American Military Force in Religious Conflicts

Richard Brodsky | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Obama now faces a transformation of his signature policies that reduced violence as a tool of foreign policy. He will have no allies in the anti-Obama crowd whose desire to see him fail often outstrips their pursuit of the national interest. He is being tested and he is alone.

A Century of Mass Slaughter

William Astore | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
William Astore

This August marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. That "Great War" was many things, but it was most certainly a war of machines, of dreadnought battleships and "Big Bertha" artillery, of newfangled airplanes and tortoise-like tanks.

Israel: Gatekeepers of Self-Destruction?

Stephan Richter | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Stephan Richter

Director Dror Moreh's 2012 documentary film, The Gatekeepers, currently being screened in Washington, D.C., has a true Shakespearean quality about it. It is a well-told drama, making the audience appreciate the tragic quality of the unfolding narrative.

How the Arab Spring Sprung From a Nonviolent Source

Michael Shank | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Michael Shank

The propensity in the U.S. to conflate Islam with violence precludes the possibility of nonviolent Muslim protest motivated by an internal incentive, be it secular or religious. However, the concept of nonviolence is not foreign or new to Muslims.

Bin Laden and the Clausewitzian Trinity

Adam Elkus | Posted 07.02.2011 | World
Adam Elkus

The celebration over bin Laden's demise does not even have much to do with his death. Instead, the revelry is an inarticulate but sincere outpouring of relief and optimism.

They Are Fighting Because We "Are Down There"

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

A simple statement is essential in understanding people's willingness to lay down their lives and pick up weapons to fight Western forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Newt and Nazis: Aiding and Abetting bin Laden

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

When Americans vilify Muslims en masse by considering them as enemies or potential enemies, al Qaeda's recruiting efforts are made easy.

American Blitzkrieg Loving the German War Machine to Death

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

The idolization of the German military was a telling manifestation of a growing militarism within an American society which remained remarkably oblivious to the slow strangulation of its citizen-soldier ideal.