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The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Babylon Revisited: Melancholy Thoughts After a Short Trip to Washington, D.C.

As a young reporter in political Washington in the late 1980s, I noticed that there was a type of person who thrived in the driven, transactional environment of the capital.

The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster, 15 May 1648. (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam via Wikimedia Commons)

Edgar on Strategy (Part X): Build your approach on the understanding that the global state system is here to stay

While some arguments for the decline of the state are insightful and important, none of them have stuck.

A U.S. Marine stands guard Apr. 14, 1993 from his position on an armored personnel carrier at a check-point in Mogadishu. (Eric Cabanis/AFP/GettyImages)

Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy

Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.

The cover of "Destination Casablanca." (Public Affairs)

Book Excerpt: ‘Destination Casablanca’

The naval battle of Casablanca began with airplanes.

A reindeer. (Wikimedia Commons)

Travels with Mattis: Finnish Edition

From the transcript of a “Media Availability with Secretary Mattis” yesterday:

Crashback: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific. Copyright © 2017 by Michael Fabey.

Book excerpt: What you’ll hear about the future aboard a Chinese navy ship

Officers throughout the Chinese navy believe that China will soon end the United States’ decades-long naval hegemony in the Western Pacific.

Girl Scout cookies (Masayuki Kawagishi/Flickr)

Girls Scouts & Cybersecurity

I read recently in a new publication, ‘Rand Review,’ that the Girl Scouts now have a cybersecurity badge.

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Global Thinkers 2015 Issue Cover