Small Wars and Big Thoughts

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] U.S. Marines display captured flag of Nicaraguan rebels led by Augusto Cesar Sandino While pop-centric COIN may be dead, small wars and irregular warfare will always be with us. We might say they are in the fourth or fifth generation; are an open-source insurgency; or have become “hybrid“; or exist […] Read more »

Book Bonanza

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] My usual yuletide haul of books received and purchased….                         The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum Avoiding Armageddon: […] Read more »

New Book: Relentless Strike by Sean Naylor

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command by Sean Naylor I just received a courtesy review copy of Relentless Strike from John at St. Martin’s Press.  Increasingly viewed as a “must read” book in the defense community, Relentless Strike is also extremely controversial among its target audience […] Read more »

The Chinese Strategic Tradition: A Research Program (II)

This post is the second in a series. It was originally published at The Scholar’s Stage on the 26th of May, 2015. I strongly recommended readers start with the first post in this series, which introduces the purpose and methods of this essay. That post focused on what is published in English on Chinese strategic […] Read more »

The Chinese Strategic Tradition: A Research Program (I)

[By T. Greer] . We’re honored and delighted to announce that blog-friend and commenter T Greer has accepted Zen’s invitation to join us as a member of the Zenpundit team, and trust the following post in two parts will stir fruitful conversation not only here at ZP but across several related blogs.. — Charles Cameron, […] Read more »

New Article at Pragati: Diplomatic Warfare?

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen”] I have a new article up at Pragati: The Indian National Interest. A review of Warrior Diplomat by Michael G. Waltz Diplomatic Warfare?  ….Waltz, now the president of Metis Solutions, brings to the table a powerful juxtaposition of perspectives on the Afghan war. As a Department of Defense civilian official, […] Read more »

T. Greer on Sun Tzu the Radical

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] T. Greer at Scholar’s Stage had an outstanding post on Sun Tzu and his classic The Art of War the other day in which I learned a number of things that were new to me, which is the best kind of blog post! The Radical Sunzi When translated into English, the Sunzi […] Read more »

The Perils of Surprise

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] “Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its […] 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 »

Octavian Manea interviews John Nagl at SWJ

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a "zen"]   Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice by John Nagl If General David Petraeus was the Pope of the COINdinistas, Lt. Col. John Nagl was at least the Archbishop of Canterbury. Few men alive were more closely identified in the public mind with the revival […] Read more »