John Arquilla

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Saving Syria — and Ourselves

Last night, the many contradictions in Barack Obama's strategy toward the Syrian conflict finally came into sharp focus. He reiterated his commitment to deterring any ...

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The Syrian Abyss

Americans from President Obama to the average citizen are about to have a "Nietzsche moment": the kind of experience that the German philosopher predicted when ...

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Arsenal of Hypocrisy

In his ode to free thinking, "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right when he affirmed that "foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, ...

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Outfoxing Beats Outgunning

On Sunday, the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II battle for Sicily, the Sons of Italy's Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island ...

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Last War Standing

The three tools of security strategy most heavily relied upon for the past 70 years -- deterrence, prevention, and preemption -- have never worked very ...

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The Pentagon’s Ten-Percent Solution

Three years ago, I advanced the argument in a Foreign Policy article that the defense budget should -- and could, without endangering the republic -- ...

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The ABCs of Strategy

All you need to know about military strategy can be gleaned from children's books. Not just classics, like Dr. Seuss's Swiftian Butter Battle Book, with ...

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Why Iraq Was America’s Best-Run War

It is an axiom that generals tend to fight the last war, but the truth is that, as often as not, they would like to ...

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History of the World, Part Z

Current interest in zombies -- from The Walking Dead to World War Z -- should be seen as less driven by end-of-times imagery and more ...

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How Chess Explains the World

Sometimes art imitates life; some games do so as well. In the case of chess especially, the parallels with power politics are many and uncanny, ...

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