How To Solve The North Korea Problem (Podcast)

What is the motive behind North Korea’s belligerent behavior? Who is pulling the strings in the background? And what is the best way to resolve this situation? We discuss the power realities in East Asia and explore some options for the United States at home and abroad.

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Steven L. Myers’s “The New Tsar: The Rise And Reign Of Vladimir Putin” (Book Review)

For many years in the West there has been a lack of understanding of Vladimir Putin and his policies.  His personality, motivations, and objectives have been clouded in obscurity by the Western press, which almost always reverts to its simplistic “black and white” view of the world.  Not all of the fault for this lies with the West, of course.  The Russian president’s own media apparatus has little interest in encouraging critical analysis or speculation that falls outside the range of permissible opinion.  But leadership is as much about perception as anything else, and every leader in the modern age must take care to cultivate his image.  In this regard, Russia is no different from the United States, France, or England.  In the media age, it cannot be otherwise.

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Observations On Some Myths About War

The Army Times recently published a post discussing some comments by Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley on current popular myths about war.  I liked his comments very much, and I take them as my starting point in this article.  More than anything else, we should see his remarks as a warning.  The United States has not faced a military adversary worthy of the name since Vietnam, perhaps not even since China and North Korea in the early 1950s.

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Money Is Of Secondary Importance In War

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Human nature being what it is, there will always be many different reasons why wars begin.  All of these reasons ultimately find their roots in human passions:  greed, the lust for power, or simply a desire to “put fortune to the test” (fortunam temptare) as the ancient Latin historians would say.

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Why Is Hillary Clinton Silent About The Yemen War?

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President Obama’s stated public aspirations all seem to follow a predictable pattern.  First he makes grandoise statements of principle, and asks that we hold ourselves to these high standards.  Then a test to apply these principles will come along, in the form of a legislative or political event.  At that point, difficulties will arise.  And then the President will gradually retreat from his position, until almost nothing left of it remains.  Weary and disheartened, he then abandons the field, wringing his hands about the failure of the system to live up to his high ideals.

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How Peru Defeated The “Shining Path” Insurgency

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Dictators get little gratitude.

When they are on top, everyone loves (or claims to love) them; but when they fall or leave office, they are reviled, accused, and loathed.  Chile’s former strongman Pinochet spent the last years of his life fighting criminal charges, yet a good argument can be made that his authoritarian rule laid the groundwork for Chilean economic progress after him.

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