Michael Burleigh

Terror Tactics

‘The most successful terrorist organisations are like judo black belts who know how to leverage an opponent’s strength against them’

Right Teaching

‘A future Conservative government should be concerned about the hegemony of the Left in higher education’

History Repeating

‘Read what you like into the failure of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan 30 years ago this month, but none of its echoes bodes well for us’

The Craze for Counter-Insurgency

‘Like Churchill, Obama is not in awe of the overrated expertise of generals’

Smarter than Smart Bombs

‘In his desire to see the bombers go into Iran, John Bolton does not consider the sort of smart sanctions experts actually envisage’

The Home Front

‘What's the point of waging a war thousands of miles away when you cringe before our own Taliban?’

It’s Bad to Talk

‘Terrorists regard ceasefires as an opportunity to consolidate and rearm. So why do we seek talks with them?’

Arms and the Man

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen; War Since 1990 and War: A Short History by Jeremy Black

All at Sea Over Pirates

Piracy on the high seas, especially near failed and unstable Muslim states, is becoming an international security headache

How To Defeat The Global Jihadists

While America prepares for the next wave of terrorist attacks, Britain is sleepwalking. Yet it is not too late to avert disaster

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"