Thomas Schelling and the Diplomacy of Violence

Thomas Schelling originally worked in the field of economics, focussing on international political economy, trade policy, and tariffs. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was associated with the RAND Corporation and its leading lights, including Herman Kahn, Bernard Brodie, and...
James Chisem Published 2 months ago


A lot happened in 1967. Israel went to war with Syria, Egypt, and Jordan for a grand total of six days; the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and United States ratified a treaty banning the placement of nuclear weapons in outer...
James Chisem Published 3 months ago

The Problem with Apollo

The American ‘moonshot’ is arguably one of the most memorable moments of the Cold War, if not the 20th century. It captured the world’s attention with record global viewing figures on live television and cemented the success of America’s military-industrial-scientific...
Bleddyn B. Bowen Published 4 months ago

The Fashionable Form of Holocaust Denial

What do Holocaust deniers deny? The most extreme among them deny that the Nazis’ the extermination of the Jews ever happened—or, if some portion of it did take place, the Jews were behind it. These include such notorious figures as...
Professor David Patterson Published 6 months ago

The Strange Death of Fascist England

On June 7th, 1934, 15,000 people packed into the Olympia exhibition hall in West Kensington to hear Oswald Mosley speak about the coming fascist revolution. As the self-styled ‘Leader’ strode confidently onto the brightly lit stage, theatrically late and dressed...
James Chisem Published 6 months ago

The Politics of the World Cup

It was a magnificent finale to a tense group stage encounter. Standing at five and a half feet, Xherdan Shaqiri’s run wasn’t graceful, but with legs pumping like pistons, the Switzerland midfielder surged past the defender and stuck the...
David Cowlishaw Published 6 months ago

Behind Enemy Lines: The Life and Death of Diana Rowden

On July 6th, 1944, Diana Rowden, Andree Borrell, Vera Leigh, and Sonya Olschanezky were executed by the SS at Natzweiler-Struthof, a concentration camp located near the foothills of the Vosges Mountains in Alsace. They had been transferred from a prison...
James Chisem Published 7 months ago

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