A modest proposal to end the Syrian civil war and destroy the Islamic State

And modest, of course, it will be, involving cooperation on a scale not seen since World War II.  But to genuinely destroy the Islamic State and end the regional crisis that fuels it, one must think big. Diplomacy has been tried in the past, but diplomacy tends to fail when equally matched powers are unwilling … Continue reading A modest proposal to end the Syrian civil war and destroy the Islamic State

Turkey, Neo-Ottomans, and The Cycle of History (Or: When Picking Starting Territories for Empires, Anatolia Ain’t Half Bad)

Much of the world's attention has been focused recently on the relatively insignificant town of Kobane.  Kobane is hardly worth getting upset about; Aleppo, Homs, and Damascus are all far more central to the events in Syria.  And yet here we are, all watching the street-to-street fighting in a place we'd probably not even considering getting … Continue reading Turkey, Neo-Ottomans, and The Cycle of History (Or: When Picking Starting Territories for Empires, Anatolia Ain’t Half Bad)