How Ukraine Prepared Itself for Total War

How Ukraine Prepared Itself for Total War

From my article published in The National Interest: As the Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine stalls, it is easy to forget that many initially believed Ukraine would collapse in a matter of days. In early February, the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...
The Great Eurasian Economic Realignment

The Great Eurasian Economic Realignment

From my article published in City Journal: Since Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian Armed Forces to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Western countries and their close allies have hit Russia with a raft of sweeping and unprecedented sanctions....
Putin’s Bet

Putin’s Bet

From my article published in City Journal: Observers have been puzzled to see Russian troops advancing into Ukraine without attaining air supremacy. Even as the Russian army threatens to encircle Kyiv and Kharkiv, Ukraine’s two most populous cities, Russia is taking...
Why Civilization Is Older Than We Thought

Why Civilization Is Older Than We Thought

From my article published in Palladium Magazine. The dry hills, brilliant sea, and neat rows of gated suburban communities made me wonder whether I had left San Francisco at all. Looking down on the suburbs of Istanbul that hug the Bosporus during my flight’s approach...
The End of Industrial Society

The End of Industrial Society

From my article in Palladium Magazine: Recognizing the unique signs of a possible civilizational collapse, rather than being blindsided by it, requires a bold thesis as to what the core engine of our civilization is. Without a clear and correct theory of what makes...
Knowledge Production and Intellectual Legitimacy

Knowledge Production and Intellectual Legitimacy

This is the fourth essay in my series on intellectual legitimacy. Read the first essay here. Read the previous essay here. We mostly evaluate knowledge by checking whether society at large perceives it as respectable and reasonable – we call this its intellectual...