AMERICA’S BYZANTINE STRATEGY

The U.S. can do worse than emulate the strategy of an empire that survived for a thousand years. The Roman Empire was the longest-lasting empire in world history, enduring more than fourteen centuries. Throughout its republican and imperial history, Rome relied heavily on military power, using conquest to expand the empire. As Luttwak observes in […]

RETOOLING THOR’S HAMMER: GETTING RECONSTRUCTION RIGHT

Successful international development requires the persistent, intelligent, and adaptive application of a broad set of government tools … and support from local populations. In Norse mythology, Thor’s hammer is a legendary weapon that crushes the enemies of the Aesir (the Norse pantheon), and protects Asgard. The U.S. military is a modern Thor’s hammer, able to […]