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  • 24 Aug 2017 10:55

    Should war require parliamentary approval?

    So long as bipartisanship on foreign and defence policy overrules argument and debate, any effort to give parliament a say on war will be pointless.

  • 24 Aug 2017 08:20

    Collision at sea

    The US Navy’s mastery of engineering has long been a strength for the navy, but the requirement for all its line officers to spend time as platform engineers at sea may be at the expense of seamanship and navigation.

  • 23 Aug 2017 17:38

    China, America and the Thucydides Trap: An interview with Graham Allison

    Harvard University scholar Graham Allison talks about his new book on US-China relations.

The militarisation of American foreign policy

With the creation of the Northern Command in 2002 and the Africa Command in 2007 the US military became the first truly global military presence in history. US Combatant Commanders are often called ‘proconsuls’ in a worldwide network of US military bases. This situation poses many problems for a republic that is historically suspicious of military power. On 23 March, Professor Douglas Stuart addressed three of these problems.

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