Press Highlights

>> May 15, 2017 - 1:28pm

The Door of No Return

By Richard Brown

I recently visited Elmina Castle with a group of fellow board members from the Theological Book Network, a nonprofit that facilitates the donation of scholarly books to libraries in the developing world, including Ghana. After we toured the castle church, our guide led us to the infamous “Door of No Return,” where black women and men and children had marched, chained and single file, onto awaiting slave ships. We lingered for a few excruciating minutes, then finished the tour before wandering in stunned silence toward the beach. The irony was not lost on us: all of these morally horrific activities were carried out within a fortress named for a martyr of the church who has been revered over the centuries by Christians and Muslims alike.

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>> May 5, 2017 - 10:27am

War and the Art of GovernanceFour Takes:

Face your North Korea fears

The Boston Globe

Here, I learned that it’s always existential for North Korea: “Ignoring the world and being ignored by it was impossible; it was located in the wrong place for that. Thus, from the start its leaders felt required to be threatening and bellicose to survive.”

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>> May 4, 2017 - 11:41am

War and the Art of Governance

To defeat ISIS for good, US needs to take the war beyond the battlefield

The Hill

We are about to score tremendous tactical victories against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The ISIS, or as the Arabs say, Daesh, strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa are about to fall, with much thanks to Iraqi forces, American advisers and miscellaneous militia units. But this is the beginning of a victory, not its final act.


A brilliant Naval officer, a SEAL with many combat tours, recently told an audience of scholars and practitioners in Washington, D.C., that, when Americans say counterterrorism, what they really mean is counterterrorist actions. We are fixated on the battle, the kinetic fight. The other aspects of counterterrorism — stability operations, propaganda and recruitment, returning foreign fighters, and reconciliation or incarceration — often go unaddressed. To win the war against Daesh, we will have to dive deeper into the non-kinetic tasks.

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Beyond battlefield success to political victory

The Washington Times

Most Americans like to think a war has ended when the last shot is fired or when the opposing army surrenders; these include politicians and senior military officers. In her excellent book, “War and the Art of Governance,” Nadia Schadlow argues eloquently that war is not over until battlefield success is translated into political victory. In doing so, she cites some weighty thinkers such as Carl von Clausewitz and uses case studies from American history to make her point.

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>> April 19, 2017 - 3:52pm

Human Rights After Hitler

War Crimes Archive Reveals Early Evidence Of Holocaust Death Camps

NPR (All Things Considered)

After almost 70 years, evidence used to prosecute Nazi-era war criminals has become public. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dan Plesch, one of the few outside researchers who's previously seen this archive, about what can be learned from the archive.

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