Four of my favorite reads from 2018
A few gems from Sir Herbert Butterfield’s 1971 Rede Lecture at Cambridge University
Some gems from Aldous Huxley’s “Grey Eminence” (1941)
A dozen book recommendations
On the tension among “universal” values, world order, and U.S. power
In a Chickenhawk nation, policy still matters (featuring a case study on Somalia)
The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies … But vast regions of the world have never shared and only acquiesced in the Western concept of order … [The United States must think] […]
For some reason that I will never understand, Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War is not required reading for graduate students of international relations.1 I don’t know how I was handed a college degree without having read it, for that matter.
…we are on the cusp of an eternal purgatory. It will be a world full of confusion and instability. The age of entropy will be a time of restless disorder, an aimless but forceful hostility to the status quo… How serendipitous. A week after posting Entropy: The Defining Characteristic of Global Affairs, I stumbled across an article […]
Markets are pricing for utopia but is tectonic change afoot?