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Alfred Thayer Mahan

How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West
December 04, 2015

How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Asians' perceptions of seapower have changed over time, but not as much as you'd think.

ANZUS and Asia – Part 1: Mahan, Midway and Modernity
August 01, 2015

ANZUS and Asia – Part 1: Mahan, Midway and Modernity

By Andrew Davies and Benjamin Schreer
How central is Australia to the Asian regional order?
Is China Bidding for the Heartland?
January 21, 2015

Is China Bidding for the Heartland?

By Francis P. Sempa
Beijing doesn’t have to choose between land and sea predominance. It could have both.

The Geopolitical Vision of Alfred Thayer Mahan
December 30, 2014

The Geopolitical Vision of Alfred Thayer Mahan

By Francis P. Sempa
One hundred years later, the insights of the American strategist continue to have extraordinary relevance today.

Strategy and the Tyranny of Maxims
February 23, 2014

Strategy and the Tyranny of Maxims

By James R. Holmes
Military strategists need the intellectual toolkits to use bumper-sticker precepts knowledgeably and nimbly.

Does America Have Any Naval Strategists Anymore?
January 12, 2014

Does America Have Any Naval Strategists Anymore?

By James R. Holmes
Our navy needs to think strategically about its return to history -- before history comes a-knocking.

Sea Power: The Battle for Innovation
December 26, 2013

Sea Power: The Battle for Innovation

By James R. Holmes
Stasis is the enemy of competitive enterprises like sea power. But how to cultivate innovation?
Who is Air Power’s Alfred Thayer Mahan?
December 24, 2013

Who is Air Power’s Alfred Thayer Mahan?

By James R. Holmes
Air Power is unique in not having a grand theorist on par with Clausewitz or Mahan.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a German Arms Race
October 31, 2013

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a German Arms Race

Halloween or not, The Naval Diplomat is not scared of a German arms race. Quite the opposite in fact.

How the US Navy Handles Budget Cuts
October 03, 2013

How the US Navy Handles Budget Cuts

During the post-Civil War cuts, the Navy’s physical and intellectual capital declined. Not so in the interwar period.

The Naval Diplomat's Top 10 Books About the Sea
September 30, 2013

The Naval Diplomat's Top 10 Books About the Sea

James Holmes gives us his top ten books on naval warfare and diplomacy.

Debating Mahan in the 21st Century
August 26, 2013

Debating Mahan in the 21st Century

A new edited volume of Mahan’s work will hopefully revive a discussion on the naval theorist’s continued relevance.

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