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Do we need ‘command historians’ in the ADF?

American military historian Roger Spiller, delivering the keynote speech at the Society for Military History, argued that what Carl von Clausewitz and Hans Delbruck ‘had in mind’ when writing history…

Everyone in France Wants to Claim the Legacy of 1968

Leftists want to celebrate revolutionary idealism; conservatives, the triumph of traditional authority. And Emmanuel Macron is trying to split the difference. Foreign Policy…

I Knew the Cold War. This Is No Cold War.

Everyone's favorite historical analogy makes for disastrous foreign policy today. Foreign Policy…

Giggling at the Gulag

"The Death of Stalin" turns tyranny into comedy. Foreign Policy…

Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough

The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough. Foreign Policy…

Historians and Policymaking: A New Chorus Singing an Old Ballad

Between May and August 1918, as World War I entered its final months, a 32-year-old historian named Charles Kingsley Webster, then on wartime leave from the University of Liverpool, drafted…

China’s Understanding of Global Order Shouldn’t Be Ours

Contrary to what Niall Ferguson suggests, if the liberal international system gets reduced to economics, it will no longer exist. Foreign Policy…

Macron the Conquerer

France is back, thanks to a president committed to disrupting politics at home and abroad. Foreign Policy…

Meet the Mild-Mannered Spy Who Made Himself the ‘American James Bond’

Edward Lansdale’s most successful covert operations may have been crafting his own reputation. Foreign Policy…

WWII query: Why did France surrender so quickly while Russia held out for years?

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts. Foreign Policy…

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