Center for Strategic Communication

I’m Just a Crosshair, Just a Shot Away From You

Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal has proposed killing Syria’s President Bashar Assad with airpower. And not just Assad himself: Should President Obama decide to order a military strike against Syria, his main order of business must be to kill Bashar...

Blinded By (Political) Science in Egypt?

Over at his New York Times blog, Ross Douthat ponders whether a devotion to foreign policy theories is trapping the Obama administration into holding fast to its Egyptian client as horror after horror piles up. Douthat writes rather elegantly about the problems of...

I Can’t Get No (Military) Satisfaction

The counterinsurgency debate very much resembles the protracted, indecisive wars that spawned it. Last week, Jason Fritz and Gian P. Gentile clashed (again) over counterinsurgency’s legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan. So what’s new or interesting about it to...

War, Forgotten

After World War I, the German military embarked on an extensive after-action review (AAR). Combat lessons from major operations to minor tactical actions were analyzed. The purpose was not to assign blame or reward. They understood that the next war could be only...

Interview: W.K. Winecoff

For the second in my interview series, I interview newly minted political scientist W.K. Winecoff. W.K.’s work is in network analysis, an area that many security thinkers are increasingly embracing. But he also does International Political Economy (IPE). Cash...