Edward N. Luttwak

Edward N. Luttwak


Edward N. Luttwak is a senior associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies, in Washington, DC; chairman of APFL (aircraft leasing), Dublin, Ireland; and a consultant to governments and international enterprises. He founded and heads a conservation ranch in the Amazon. He serves/has served as consultant to the US Department of Defense, National Security Council, the White House chief of staff, the US Department of State, the US Army, the US Air Force, and several allied governments. His latest book is The Rise of China viz. the Logic of Strategy (Harvard University Press); his Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace is a widely used textbook. His books have been published in twenty-two languages. Video: Edward Luttwak on military history.

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The US, Iran, And Israel

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The disagreement with Israel over Iran’s nuclear endeavors long pre-dated the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015,” which the White House prefers to call “The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon”, but which should really be called Barjam, the Farsi acronym that is entering local parlance for any big deal.

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Omens from the Seventh Century

by Edward N. Luttwak via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The early caliphate so idealized by Islamists was no golden age, but a time of instability and violence.

Poster Collection, IQ 2, Hoover Institution Archives.
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Strategika: “The Quest for a Caliphate” with Edward Luttwak

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What historical trends inform ISIS’s pursuit of a caliphate? And what do they mean for the future of Islamism?

Poster Collection, IQ 2, Hoover Institution Archives.
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Strategika: Issue 17: Caliphate Redivivus?

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Friday, August 29, 2014

Why a careful look at the 7th century can predict how the new caliphate will end.

Poster Collection, IQ 2, Hoover Institution Archives.
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Caliphate Redivivus? Why a Careful Look at the 7th Century Can Predict How the New Caliphate Will End

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Friday, August 1, 2014

When modern Muslims invoke the Khilāfa, the Caliphate as their ideal of governance for the Ummah, the planetary community of all Muslims, and indeed for all humans once converted or killed if stubbornly pagan, they do not refer to the famous caliphates of history from the splendiferous Umayyad, to the longer-lasting Abbasid extinguished by the Mongols in 1258, the Egypt-based and tolerant Fatimid in between, or the Ottoman that lingered till 1924, let alone the extant Ahmadiyya Caliphate that most condemn as heretical.

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Why Obama, Kerry, Abbas, Hamas, BDS, and Hezbollah Will All Go Poof!

by Edward N. Luttwak via Tablet Magazine
Sunday, July 20, 2014

In 1912, David Ben Gurion moved to Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Empire, to study law at Istanbul University. The land of Israel had been under Ottoman rule for centuries, and the only way the Jews could grow their villages and towns, family by family, house by house, was to be accepted as loyal Ottoman subjects.

Poster Collection, CC 75, Hoover Institution Archives.

Strategika: “The Implications of Chinese History” with Edward Luttwak

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Edward Luttwak explains how Chinese history should color our perceptions of that nation’s modern ambitions.

Is Russia now an enemy, neutral, irrelevant to US strategic interests, or a poss

Russia and the United States—an Ahistorical Relationship

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Edward Luttwak examines the unusual dynamics of US-Russian relations and how they could change in the future.

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Ineffectual Turkey

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Monday, November 18, 2013