"The Troubles ended in a military stalemate, which the architects of the Good Friday Agreement managed to turn into an enduring but imperfect ceasefire: a war turned down from 'boil' to 'simmer'. Twenty-one years on, public opposition to any resumption of fighting means a narrow set of options for those who might wish to continue the armed struggle."
From my essay on the role of popular support for violence in determining the sustainability of peace, in The Article.
A new collaboration with the talented Rose Paré, who wrote and stars in "Sometimes HE Tickles" (released February 2019). More here.
"Lambert looks in detail at five historical polities – Athens, Carthage, Venice, the Dutch Republic, and England – which he holds up as prime instances of “seapowers”: states that deliberately chose to place the sea at the centre of their political and cultural identities, and used the “asymmetric” capabilities this granted them to make their way in the world as trade-oriented great powers. At least for a time."
From my review of Andrew Lambert's Seapower States, in The Spectator. Read more.
"He believes the war was fundamentally unwinnable, and on this assumption every step towards it (and deeper into it) was obviously a mistake: the sending of combat units, the bombing of North Vietnam, new troop requests by American commanders — all these decisions he inspects for cognitive failures and untested assumptions. Unsurprisingly, he finds them."
Read my Spectator review of Brian VanDeMark's new book on the decisions that led to the Vietnam War.
Watch my interview-documentary with The New School's Shannon Mattern on the myriad ways a city can be considered "intelligent". Originally published on urbanNext.