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Franz-Stefan Gady is an associate at the EastWest Institute.

“You have chosen poorly!” The Problem with Historical Analogies and U.S. Policy

“You have chosen poorly!”  The Problem with Historical Analogies and U.S. Policy

Indiana Jones, despite being chased by Nazi thugs through Europe and the Middle East, manages to select the one Holy Grail among hundreds in a cave chapel in the dramatic…

H.G. Wells And Defending the “Restoration Doctrine”

H.G. Wells And Defending the “Restoration Doctrine”

Michael Singh’s parochial critique in Foreign Policy Magazine entitled “‘Restoration’ is Not an Option: Why America Can’t Afford to Lead From Behind,”[1] attacks Richard N. Haass’s idea of a “Restoration…

The Slaughter Benches of History: Hegel and Radical Extremists

The correlational dichotomy between words and deeds is as old as history itself, ranging from Alexander the Great reading the Iliad, which supposedly inspired him to conquer the world, to…

Pakistan: Why Lying Seldom Pays in International Politics

Pakistan: Why Lying Seldom Pays in International Politics

“There may be honor among thieves, but there is none among politicians!” a disgusted Peter O’Toole, playing T. E. Lawrence in the 1960 motion picture Lawrence of Arabia, blurts to…

Semantics and the German “Nein” in Libya

Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, and her vice-chancellor and foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, are under increased attack from all sides for their refusal to participate militarily in the UN-sanctioned no-fly zone…

The Cyber Fortress Mentality

The Cyber Fortress Mentality

Most people imagine that historical battles were fought between opposing armies charging and countercharging over open fields. On the North American continent, however, the fortress played the pivotal role in…

Peace with Honor? Lessons from Ending the Vietnam War

Peace with Honor? Lessons from Ending the Vietnam War

Despite many critical voices of the overuse of the Vietnam War metaphor when talking about the war in Afghanistan, there are many striking similarities between the last years of the…