Monthly Archives: October 2009

Paths of Glory

Remember Stanley Kubrick’s classic anti-war movie, “Paths of Glory?”  It’s a searing First World War tale of cynical, glory-hungry French generals ordering their troops into suicidal attacks on German machine guns – and then court-martialing them for cowardice when they … Continue reading

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Counterinsurgency doesn't compute

When I was in graduate school studying political science, I encountered a lot of quantitative theory, especially in peace research. That basically meant a bunch of professors coming up with mathematical models for predicting when wars would occur. Problem was, … Continue reading

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