Troubles With the Chinese Military Tradition

Terra Cotta Soldiers — Image Source Via Zenpundit comes an interesting article written by Tonio Andrade for The Diplomat. This online magazine has some of the world’s best coverage of Asian-Pacific affairs and I always read its contents with interest. Mr. Andrade’s piece introduces his readers to the Sino-Dutch war of 1661, China’s “first” war with […]

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Grand Strategy Absent Grand Ends

How can America craft a new grand strategy? The example of Jia Yi – a famous Chinese statesman and thinker who failed to convince his dynasty to adopt the strategy he proposed – can help us understand the central role that culture and a sense of national mission play in the creation of national strategy. Jia Yi was a strategist born […]

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Strategy Is Who You Are

A lesson from the business strategists: an organization’s strategy is a reflection of its culture, not grand plans made by its leaders. An example from Ancient China shows how this truth applies to crafting strategies of war and peace.I firmly believe that theorists of war and diplomacy have much to gain from studying the business […]

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Notes From All Over (6/10/2010)

A collection of articles, essays, and blog post of merit. THE REPUBLIC Taxes and Presidential Math Veronique de Rugy. The American. 5 October 2010. Mr. de Rugy presents the best graphic of the month: Tip of the Hat to John Kranz of ThreeSources. Social Cohesion and the Bohemian Grove: the Power Elite at Summer Camp […]

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New (Better) Definition of Grand Strategy

In the post “Addendum to Dreaming Grand Strategy” I offered a tentative definition of the term “Grand Strategy”. It reads: “A grand strategy is any comprehensive strategy statesmen develop or utilize to fulfill their state’s chosen national purpose.” In crafting this definition I imagined myself quite original. Quite accidentally I happened across, “Saving the World […]

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Addendum to “Dreaming Grand Strategy”

Much of what is written below is pulled from my comments on Zenpundit’s critique of my earlier post “Dreaming Grand Strategy.” If you have already read them, you will find little new here. In the post “Dreaming Grand Strategy” I set out to explain why America is suffering a crisis in grand strategy. Doing so […]

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Manifest Destiny – A Case Study in National Purpose?

WARNING – ANOTHER SUPER LONG POST  (Sorry I keep throwing these things on you guys).  An interesting discussion has been enfolding over at Zenpundit’s place. The topic of the day is grand strategy and its relation to moral and national purpose. My previous foray into the topic, “Dreaming Grand Strategy”, drew the attention of Mark […]

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How to Win Allies and Influence Statesmen

Suggestion the first: “In general, the Chinese rarely resort to such high pressure tactics. They usually do not make demands for action, only demands that actions not be taken, which is one reason many countries have good relations with them.” –Michael D. Swaine and Tiffany P. Ng. “China”, Is a Regional Strategy Viable in Afghanistan? […]

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Notes From All Over 13/06/2010

A collection of articles, essays, and blog post of merit. As I have spent much of the last two weeks away from the blogosphere, this one is a bit smaller than usual. THE REPUBLIC Commentator’s DiseaseFred Reed. Fred on Everything. 11 June 2010. Mr. Reed identifies what is perhaps the greatest flaw of our pundit […]

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