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How Sun Tzu Would Understand the China-India Doklam Standoff
August 07, 2017

How Sun Tzu Would Understand the China-India Doklam Standoff

By Jin Kai
China has shi on its side.

Sun Tzu and the Art of Soft Power?
March 31, 2015

Sun Tzu and the Art of Soft Power?

By Leon Whyte
China (and others) are increasingly referencing Sun Tzu as a source of soft power.
In Iraq, ISIS Channels Mao
June 24, 2014

In Iraq, ISIS Channels Mao

By James R. Holmes
Unlike al-Qaeda, ISIS seems to understand Mao Zedong's classic Phase III battlefield struggle.

The Religious Origins of Western Strategy
April 16, 2014

The Religious Origins of Western Strategy

By James R. Holmes
The West’s uneasiness with misdirection might be rooted in Christianity.

A Game of Go: China and Japan Seek Advantages in East Asia
January 27, 2014

A Game of Go: China and Japan Seek Advantages in East Asia

By Jin Kai
The tensions between China and Japan can be understood as a contest of "shih," or strategic configurations of power.

Why China Can’t Rise Quietly
January 02, 2014

Why China Can’t Rise Quietly

By James R. Holmes
China wants to achieve its goals short of war while reaping the propaganda harvest it would get from war.

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.
China’s Constant Warfare
October 22, 2013

China’s Constant Warfare

China’s three-warfares concept underscores the CCP’s combative mindset and continuous strife.

5 Warfare Concepts That Explain Rugby
October 18, 2013

5 Warfare Concepts That Explain Rugby

Watching rugby allows observers to see the ideas of Clausewitz, Corbett and Sun Tzu in action.

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.

4 Tenets of Fighting Insurgents
July 27, 2013

4 Tenets of Fighting Insurgents

“If you want excellent generals, admirals, and senior enlisted tomorrow, then, loosen the reins today.”

Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, or Mao Zedong?
November 26, 2012

Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, or Mao Zedong?

Who do you consider the best military strategist? James Holmes surveys the field for some answers.

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