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Wobbling Pivots
Wobbling Pivots  


September 2, 2016  

On pacific pivoting, and not wobbling into war In her history of China since 1800, The Wobbling Pivot (2010), Professor... 

Transcript of the Berlin Conference (1884-1885)
Transcript of the Berlin Conference (1884-1885)  


February 19, 2016  

KINGDOM OF BELGIUM (KB): Empress Victoria needn’t swallow
every morsel of the Congo, but leave a slice for our Emperor... 

Considering John Brown
Considering John Brown  


October 6, 2015  

I. Yes, Ol’ Cloudsplitter was twitchy as a guillotine; felt called to loose psychotic, Old Testament, “God told me... 

Rebooting ‘Utopia’
Rebooting ‘Utopia’  


March 11, 2015  

From More to Machiavelli, Rand, Orwell and, through Swift, back When the 18th-century American, French and Haitian revolutionaries... 

Strategy as Chess: The Checkered Record
Strategy as Chess: The Checkered Record  


November 7, 2014  

Chaos, Schlieffen, and the best laid plans of the planners As the second James Bond flick, From Russia with Love (1963),... 

Mass versus Force
Mass versus Force  


March 23, 2014  

Legitimacy loves the art of persuasion In their conclaves in various enclaves (‘think tanks’ and spas), military strategists... 

Keats, Machiavelli and Truth
Keats, Machiavelli and Truth  


November 11, 2013  

How our humanity (or our future) is distressingly contingent on context “To betray philosophy is the gentle treason /... 

The Individuals and the Anonymous
The Individuals and the Anonymous  


June 17, 2013  

Great men and women debunked, but passing and accidental heroes are here to stay There are individuals and there are the... 

On Humanity’s Moats and Bridges
On Humanity’s Moats and Bridges  


March 5, 2013  

Between identity and difference, the impulse for identity has proven more destructive Two principles rule in human affairs:... 

On History Repeating
On History Repeating  


October 4, 2012  

How human history is invented, written, encountered and, in the end, irresistible For hundreds of thousands of years of... 

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