Author Archives: William Holland

About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations

Ann Marlowe: The Oriana Fallaci of the Maghreb & Levant Returns

Ann Marlowe’s outstanding contribution to foreign affairs is easy to discern because she reports from regions that aren’t easily covered.  Having dominated the Levant, she’s moved on to cover Libya, Tunisia and the original fault line that began it all, … Continue reading

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The Challenge Shaping African Political Economies: Geography, History & Cultural Patrimony

Africa shouldn’t have the sobriquet:  the dark continent; even clowns like Hugh Trevor Roper, Cambridge Regis chair in modern history knew the limitations of his myopic pronouncement that “Africa had no history“, but the damage was done! Nevertheless, following Hegel … Continue reading

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Warcraft As Statecraft: A Synoptic View of Hegemony from Asia

The opening of BRICS summit in Xiamen China yesterday was instructive, for it taught American force planners how best to view our own weaknesses regarding the dismal science, conflict and trade.  Asian political economies aren’t dovish; Hayek’s concept of an … Continue reading

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Framework & Rhetoric: Structuring A Coherent South Asian Policy

The overt managerial didacticism on display last Monday isn’t helpful in the articulation and execution of statecraft.  Our enemies are on the rise throughout South Asia, this isn’t something anyone on the alternate right really understands.  We don’t have the … Continue reading

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The Wreckage Called Islamic Civilization

Because Islamic civilization denies the emergence of civil society, its denied multiple sources of renewal.  Historians, strategists and even defense planners are mining the correlates between the demise of Russian Slavic civilization and contemporary Islamism. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that … Continue reading

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Trump’s Assessment of Afghanistan: The Preview

Tonight the President will address the nation on our commitment to Afghanistan, by any reckoning I imagine that he will continue to posture U.S. forces in line with his national security adviser McMaster, who has advocated a mini-surge of U.S. … Continue reading

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The Rage & the Fury Continues

When Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos quipped recently that “your margins are my opportunity” he laid down a general rule that governs Amazon’s success, namely the drive to work with technologies trend toward scale.  Until the arrival of digitization, electric technology … Continue reading

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Steve Bannon, the Limits of Politics

The release of Bannon reveals an insight seldom learned in politics, the nature of limits and the central abiding role culture has in shaping policy.  If team Trump is to gain any traction on any policy grounds, he’s going to … Continue reading

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Solzhenitsyn’s Confrere Dies, Remembering Irina Ratushinskaya

I wan’t surprised to hear of her death, she was not born of this world because she like deprivation; like Samuel Beckett, she liked all things paired down to their essentials, no frills; the love of movement and depth found … Continue reading

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