This Is How Republics Fall
Germany’s Weimar Republic was doomed from the start. World War I left Germany in a precarious position. The Treaty of Versailles ended outright aggression, but also crippled the German economy and saddled the German people with a government they never quite believed in. Worse, it stipulated that Germany take... Read more
Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan Is No Good
As the U.S. war in Afghanistan approaches its 17th year, the Trump administration lacks a clear strategy for winning — or at least ending — the conflict. Rushing to fill the vacuum, private military contractor and entrepreneur Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has been traveling the United States... Read more
Why China Won’t Stop North Korea
As the conflict between the United States and North Korea escalates, more and more pundits and experts have called on China to intervene. Which makes sense. Beijing is Pyongyang’s biggest trading partner and closest ally. But just because China is North Korea’s best friend doesn’t mean China has control... Read more
Podcast — The Case For Leaving Afghanistan
In case you missed it, Afghanistan is getting worse. After more than 15 years of warfare costing 4,200 American lives and no less than $700 billion, the United States can’t seem to quit Afghanistan. With no end in sight, no word on strategy from the White House, it might... Read more
Growing Up CIA

Growing Up CIA

War College July 27, 2017

Despite some close calls, the United States and the Soviet Union never engaged in a full-scale conflict with each other during the Cold War. The fear of nuclear Armageddon loomed for decades but never occurred. The world avoided the devastation thanks to the efforts of politicians, spies and soldiers.... Read more
Why China Built That Military Base in Africa
China’s military made international news in early July 2017 when it announced the opening of its first overseas base in Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa. China asserts the base is simply a logistics hub, poised to protect the country’s interests in the Gulf of Aden... Read more
The Pentagon Is Terrified of Sex
In 2013, the White House ordered the Pentagon to open combat roles to women and gave the military a three-year deadline. As women take on more roles in the U.S. military, both on the front lines and in leadership, the Pentagon must face an issue it has long ignored... Read more
We Need to Talk About the Special Operations Forces
U.S. Special Operations forces worked and fought in more than 130 countries across the world in 2016 alone. In 2017, America’s elite troops are doing even more. From East Africa, to the Middle East and beyond, U.S. operators are more than just the tip of the spear, they’re the... Read more
Turkey’s Blind Eye Toward the Islamic State
Turkey is a member of NATO, an American ally and a bulwark against the broiling chaos of the Middle East. That’s the story at least. The truth is far more complicated. Recently, U.S. Pres. Donald Trump approved a plan to arm the YPG—Kurdish fighters whose territory spreads across northern Syria.... Read more
The Roots of American Political Violence
Antifa and white nationalists clash in the streets. Students armed with bats on a college campus patrol the sidewalks. A man in Portland stabs several people on a bus, and another in Virginia opens fire on Republican legislators on a baseball field. This week on War College, Joe Young—an... Read more
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