25 Sep 2014
Clausewitz and the Blue Flower of Romanticism: Understanding "On War"
Does Clausewitz’s “On War” have much to say about the nature of 21st century warfare? Bill Bentley thinks so. What we may think are cutting-edge concepts (hybrid warfare, etc.) merely echo one of the Prussian general’s central insights – wars are indeed complex, non-linear things. More on «Clausewitz and the Blue Flower of Romanticism: Understanding "On War"»
19 Sep 2014
Tactical Cyber: How to Move Forward
Is it time for the US to think harder about the practical implications of using its cyber capabilities at the tactical level of war? Andrew Metcalf and Christopher Barber think so. If it doesn’t, it will be at a disadvantage in conflicts where cyber assets are used at all levels. More on «Tactical Cyber: How to Move Forward»
16 Sep 2014
The Arab Summer: Searing Heat, Soaring Violence?
Here’s an uncommon question – is there a causal link between the recent spike in violence in the Middle East and high temperatures? Maybe, says Florence Gaub, but let’s not forget that summer has other ‘side-effects’ that can spawn outbreaks of violence. More on «The Arab Summer: Searing Heat, Soaring Violence?»
15 Sep 2014
The Morality of Intervention by Waging Irregular Warfare
Does the US military need to understand the moral justifications for waging irregular and unconventional warfare better than it does? Absolutely, says Daniel Hodne. Waging both irregular warfare and an insurgency within another country raises a unique set of moral dilemmas for combatants. More on «The Morality of Intervention by Waging Irregular Warfare»
12 Sep 2014
The Failure of the UN: Rebuilding from the Ruins
The UN’s inability to respond to problems such as genocide and crimes against humanity is a matter of record. So what should be done? Andreas Bummel believes the answer is to create a parliamentary body that will augment the General Assembly’s democratic legitimacy. More on «The Failure of the UN: Rebuilding from the Ruins »
11 Sep 2014
Backdrop to an Intervention: Sources of Egyptian-Libyan Border Tension
Frederic Wehrey, David Bishop and Ala' Alrababa'h believe that Egypt's aggressive strategy to secure its border with Libya is unlikely to succeed. In their view, militarizing the Western Desert and meddling in Libyan affairs will undermine Egypt's ability to police the Sinai and further destabilize its neighbor. More on «Backdrop to an Intervention: Sources of Egyptian-Libyan Border Tension»
5 Sep 2014
Warning over Rampaging Youth Gangs in Abidjan
Have the children and teenagers who fought in the Ivory Coast’s civil conflict in 2010-2011 been successfully reintegrated into society? The analysts at IRIN have their doubts. They’re particularly worried about recent clashes between security forces and armed gangs in Abidjan. More on «Warning over Rampaging Youth Gangs in Abidjan »
3 Sep 2014
Eyeless in Gaza — Are We Blind to an Enduring Reality of War?
Does the nature of conflict in places such as Gaza and Donetsk suggest that warfare is becoming increasingly hybrid, urban, asymmetric or political? Nonsense, says Michael Vlahos. War has always been largely ‘irregular’, based around urban ‘fortifications’, and defined by familiar characteristics. More on «Eyeless in Gaza — Are We Blind to an Enduring Reality of War?»