New Book- The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House

[by Mark Safranski / a.k.a  “zen“] The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House […] by Zalmay Khalilzad Just received a courtesy review copy of The Envoy, the memoir of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, from Christine at St. Martin’s Press. Khalilzad was part of a small group of diplomatic troubleshooters and heavy hitters for the second Bush […] Read more »

To Make and Keep Peace — New Book by Angelo M. Codevilla

[by J. Scott Shipman] To Make and Keep Peace, Among Ourselves and with All Nations, by Angelo M. Codevilla Recently I had opportunity to read the latest issue of the Claremont Review of Books, and in the issue was a lengthy review of Angelo Codevilla’s latest book, To Make and Keep Peace. Codevilla is no […] Read more »

War on the Rocks: A New Nixon Doctrine – Strategy for a Polycentric World

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] I have a new piece up at the excellent War on the Rocks site that is oriented towards both history and contemporary policy Some Excerpts: A New Nixon Doctrine: Strategy for a Polycentric World ….Asia was only the starting point; the Nixon doctrine continued to evolve in subsequent years into [...] Read more »

An unprecedented, unkind, under-the-radar cut

[ by Charles Cameron -- an argument on behalf of the Fulbrights from the words of Muhammad Ali ] . Muhammad Ali famously described his strategy versus Sonny Liston thus: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see. I’m not sure if it’s been noted that [...] Read more »

Seydlitz89: “The US Needs to Re-discover the Concept of Strategy”

[by Mark Safranski a.k.a. "zen"] Our Clausewitzian friend, Seydlitz89 commented on my recent post on politics and strategy and has a new one of his own that accurately frames a solution to the geopolitical disarray in which the United States finds itself today. Seydlitz89 asked for my comments so I will be making some where [...] Read more »

Pavers of Roads with Good Intentions: R2P Debate Rising Part II.

As I mentioned previously, I needed to make a more substantive reply to Victor Allen’s claims for R2P.  I am very tardy in doing so, for which I apologize to Mr. Allen but better late than not at all. While addressing some of Victor’s specific points, I want to be very clear that in my [...] Read more »

Adding to the Bookpile

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"]    Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John Dower  Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941 by William Shirer Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II by Michael Burleigh  Picked up a few more books for the antilibrary. Dower is best known for [...] Read more »

Making Historical Analogies about 1914

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] The Independent has a short, quasi-sensationalist, article featuring historian Margaret MacMillan discussing what is likely to become the first pop academic cottage industry of 2014….making historical analogies about 1914 and World War I! MacMillan is a senior scholar of international relations and administrator at Oxford ( where she is Warden of St Antony’s College) [...] Read more »

Boyd and Beyond Local DC Event

[by J. Scott Shipman] Jim Hasik’s White Board Outline   At the suggestion of Adam Elkus, we were privileged to host our first “local” Boyd and Beyond event on 15 December. We had 14 attend, and five speakers. Logistically, we turned our family room in to a fairly comfortable briefing area, using a wall with Smart Sheets as a [...] Read more »

A Tale of Two Victories and Two Falls

My co-blogger Charles Cameron is fond of his “DoubleQuotes” postings that feature frequently uncomfortable juxtapositions designed to prod thinking. Here’s a wordier one from me: ….Planning for a second term has been under way for months, with Lew and Pete Rouse, the counselor to the president and Obama’s internal management guru, preparing lists of possible [...] Read more »