Author Archives: William S. Lind

Conservatism for the City

Beauty, streetcars, and dual codes are the right ideas for urban policy.

Can We Hurt the Islamic State?

Punitive raids won’t destroy ISIS—but they don’t have to.

Cops With War Toys

Militarizing police is the worst way to fight crime.

A Canon for the Officer Corps

Seven books that teach our troops how to win today’s wars

The Lessons of 1814

Decaying states today are as dangerous as Napoleon’s armies were 200 years ago.

An Officer Corps That Can’t Score

How military careerism breeds habits of defeat

Russia’s Right Turn

Moscow has reclaimed its 19th-century conservative role.

Islam’s Civil War

America can win it—by staying out.

John Boyd’s Art of War

Why our greatest military theorist only made colonel.

Rand Paul’s Realignment

The senator points his party toward a stronger defense policy

Two Intifadas and a Flawed Theory

What one of the Marine Corps’ leading minds reveals about war, terror, and insurgency.

Don’t Break the China

We need Beijing as an ally against anarchy.

Rank Incompetence

Turf wars are the one kind our generals know how to win.

Arab Spring, Israeli Winter

Martin van Creveld on what the Muslim uprisings mean for Israel

Why Conservatives Hate War

Conflict erodes a nation’s cultural continuity as well as its finances.

What’s So Special About Special Ops?

SEALs and Rangers are no answer to our military woes.

Gangs of Aleppo

The Arab Spring succumbs to post-state violence

Unfriendly Fire

How the Taliban mastered the operational art of modern war

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