James Holmes

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  • Nov 22, 2021
    What do Russians want? Moscow seems to be going out of its way to keep its “near abroad”—Russian-speak for the erstwhile Soviet empire, in particular former Soviet...
  • Nov 20, 2021
    Sowing havoc at the expense of near-abroad nations, NATO, and the United States advances Russian geopolitical goals, while Moscow sees it as worthwhile for the sheer hell of it.
  • Nov 15, 2021
    This week the Japan Times reported that Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense has issued its latest biennial military strategy document. (The Timesevidently...
  • Nov 3, 2021
    NHK reports that China stands ready to ink a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea. Do tell.
  • Oct 20, 2021
    Over at the Financial Times (hat tip: Tyler Rogoway, the WarZone), Demetri Sevastopulo and Kathrin Hille break the news that China tested a...
  • Oct 15, 2021
  • Oct 11, 2021
    Back in August in the Washington Examiner, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Michael Rubin (and a 1945 Contributing Editor) contended that Taiwan...
  • Oct 7, 2021
    Even though some commentators are confident that the chance of war between China and Taiwan is remote[1], the odds of military action are growing by the day. In...
  • Sep 24, 2021
    Afghanistan long ago ceased to meet any of these Clausewitzian standards. It certainly doesn’t now that the Taliban has restored its rule. Let it...
  • Sep 22, 2021
    The organizers have asked me to appraise the U.S. strategic perspective on the Mediterranean Sea. Simple: the Mediterranean remains critical to U.S. strategy, as it has...
  • Sep 18, 2021
    The news broke this week that Australia, Great Britain, and the United States have forged a new alliance dubbed AUKUS, for Australia-U.K.-U.S. Among other things, the alliance will...
  • Sep 11, 2021
    Andrew Jackson, the pugnacious, populist seventh president of the United States, lent his name to an equally ornery strain in U.S. foreign policy. According to Mead, the Jacksonian...
  • Sep 7, 2021
    You have to be there to combat terrorism—or any other martial challenge for that matter. This is Strategy 101: the likely victor is the contender that amasses superior...
  • Aug 21, 2021
    It’s a truism in the halls of professional military education schoolhouses that the enemy gets a vote in the success or failure of our strategy, just as we get a vote in the...
  • Aug 17, 2021
    Help us help you. That is my standard reply when friends from Taiwan ask how they can guarantee the US will be there for them in times of extreme peril. Such times might soon be upon...
  • Aug 10, 2021
    Restraint, a conception of statecraft, challenges principles that have shaped U.S. foreign policy for decades. Counterattacks are therefore unsurprising. They may even be a...
  • Aug 2, 2021
    During Desert Shield and Desert Storm my skipper took delight in regaling ship riders with the wonders of battleships, ours in particular. This old sea-dog had a standard...
  • Jul 26, 2021
    Why only two? London merits two cheers because it has accepted that “Global Britain” must play its part in a democratic armada meant to face down aggressors who...
  • Jul 1, 2021
    Major doings in the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean these past couple of weeks. At present naval forces representing thirty-two countries are carrying...
  • Jun 17, 2021
    This week Chief of Naval Operations Mike Gilday and Marine Corps Commandant David Berger went before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to talk budgets and fleet...
  • May 28, 2021
    Over at Business Insider, Christopher Woody has the story of how NATOnavies are working to keep the sea lanes connecting North America with Europe open in times...
  • May 24, 2021
    Japan may be coming at the problem of defending its southwestern islands backward.
  • May 7, 2021
    “Cognitive warfare”? Yes, please—and more of it!
  • May 3, 2021
    Over at the Wall Street Journal last week, former deputy undersecretary of the navy and current Hudson Institute analyst Seth Cropsey aims a broadside at the U.S. sea...
  • Apr 29, 2021
    Over at Bloomberg retired Admiral Jim Stavridis presents his take on the growth of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy and projects how a maritime...
  • Apr 26, 2021
    Last month the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps released a joint Unmanned Campaign Framework detailing how the sea services intend to design, build, test, and...
  • Apr 5, 2021
    Riddle me this: does a contender intent on overthrowing the international system harbor “limited” or “unlimited” political goals?
  • Mar 15, 2021
    The competitor who blunders the least wins.
  • Mar 8, 2021
    U.S. Indo-Pacific Command supremo Admiral Philip Davidson wittingly or unwittingly fortified deterrence in the Western Pacific this week. Admiral Davidson told a webinar at the...
  • Feb 22, 2021
    Not long ago I wrote in these pixels that there is a “beautiful stability” to U.S. foreign policy. In general, that’s a good thing. Consensus popular and elite...
  • Jan 30, 2021
    Last week’s missive forecast rough continuity in U.S. foreign policy following this month’s changeover of presidencies. After reading it a correspondent wants to know...