An explanation of the history and organization of the UN. Given that the UN plays such a large role in contemporary international relations I thought it worthwhile to talk about what it is and what it does. Download this episode (right click and save)
This episode discusses sanctions. Both types of sanctions, diplomatic and economic. More importantly it discusses their usefulness and I give you my answer to what I consider the central question; do sanctions work? Download this episode (right click and save)
This episode explores the differences between hard and soft power and discusses what is normally meant when the to terms are used. Download this episode (right click and save)
A discussion of what terrorism is, what are terrorism’s goal, and what are the realistic options for dealing with it. Download this episode (right click and save)
A fairly rambling discussion about NGO’s and what they really accomplish. I will admit upfront that I don’t have a very good opinion of NGO’s. It seems to me that after 150 years of digging wells in Africa we should have seen more progress than a continuing need for more wells and clean water. It is also a fact that advocacy NGO’s such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch spend an inordinate amount of effort going after western nations instead of the non-western countries that are the biggest and most egregious rights violators. My theory is that this is because western countries actually listen to them as opposed to … More after the Jump…
This podcast is a wider discussion of strategy and the different aspects and types of strategy there are. Strategy is not one overarching concept except at its most basic. There are different nuances to strategy and strategy development that exist depending on the level at which the strategy is being developed and implemented. Download this episode (right click and save)
A discussion of what the different terms Tactical, Operational, & Strategic actually mean and how they are so often misused both in history books but especially within the media. Download this episode (right click and save)
This podcast discusses Air Power and its limits. Specifically I expose the myth that it is possible to win a war with airpower alone. The example of Kosovo often held up as showing airpower can win wars is discussed as well as the utility, or lack thereof, of airpower in the current fight against ISIS in Syria. Download this episode (right click and save)
An examination of the situation in Syria and between Turkey/NATO on one side and Russia/Syria on the other in light of recent events.
This is a somewhat rambling podcast that deals with Victory in war and what it really is. I submit that victory is not achieving stability as some recent pundits have asserted but defeating your enemy. I explain why I mean defeat in the Clausewitzean terms of “compelling your enemy to do your will“. I also examine the idea that war tends to extremes but never reaches those extremes because victory is achieved before the logical extreme is reached.
What is proportionality and should it be applicable in wartime? Ironically I recorded this last week before the Paris attacks. I find that is is somewhat topical given the events of the Friday night. I plan on recording another discussing war theory more frankly and relating it to current events this week for publication around Friday or so.
This is my inaugural podcast. I plan on making this a regular feature. Generally they will be about current world events and should usually run 10-15 minutes in length. The length is because I record them in my truck on the way to work so you will hear background noise and probably get to hear me swear at other drivers on occasion. Yes, other drivers irritate me as well, especially folks that are in such a hurry they pass unsafely such as on blind curves or inclement weather. I will relate current events to historical antecedents and try to explain my view of how I think the history of various regions … More after the Jump…