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A Helsinki Conference For Asia

by Philip Bobbittvia Hoover Daily Report
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Hoover Institution has just published a monograph of mine entitled, “A Helsinki Conference for Asia.” It can be accessed here or read below. This monograph proposes a comprehensive set of agreements to resolve the current crisis precipitated by North Korea’s pursuit of deliverable nuclear capabilities against the U.S. and its allies. 

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A Helsinki Conference for Asia

by Philip Bobbittvia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, April 26, 2018

This paper proposes a comprehensive set of agreements to resolve the current crisis over North Korean nuclear capabilities. This settlement envisages a peace conference that would end the Korean War, recognize current borders as inviolate, and accord current regimes international recognition by all parties. This agreement depends upon China offering North Korea a guarantee of extended deterrence against the United States or its allies in exchange for North Korean denuclearization under stringent UN inspections.

Complexities of CybersecurityAnalysis and Commentary

Protecting Critical US Infrastructure

by Philip Bobbittvia The Briefing
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Presidential Decision Directive 63 was a novel and creative first step in establishing a national policy for the protection of critical US infrastructure.  Novel, in that it was the first presidential national security directive to be born unclassified...

Global Puzzle Pieces

Philip Bobbitt: This crisis is the crucial test of the new world order

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Monday, July 21, 2014

Only by sticking to an international framework of agreed rules can we ensure peace among today’s great powers. The terrible events in Ukraine, electrified by the interception and destruction of a Malaysian passenger plane, should be a thunderclap, shaking us from our torpor and confusion.

Philip Bobbitt: The West needs a new strategy to save Ukraine

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Friday, March 21, 2014

After Russia’s land grab in Crimea, we must use economic and democratic means to curb Vladimir Putin’s aims.

The Digital Age

The Need for a Press Shield Law

by Philip Bobbittvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014


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Bobbit on the John Batchelor Show: depictions of Machiavelli as an autocrat have been “ripped out of context”

by Philip Bobbittvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Philip Bobbit, a member of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law, discusses his book The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made. Topics include Machiavelli’s biography; Florentine politics during Machiavelli’s time; his perception of virtue, fortune, and constitutional order; and The Prince.

Philip Bobbitt: A lasting nuclear deal with Iran is in everyone’s interests

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Monday, November 18, 2013

The long-term goal of resumed talks with Iran this week must be denuclearisation of the entire region.

The War Precedent: Obama Doesn't Have to Ask Congress to Bomb Syria. But Should He?

by Philip Bobbitt
Monday, September 2, 2013

The crisis precipitated by a Syrian attack on civilians using chemical weapons, in defiance of President Barack Obama's promise that there would be consequences for the regime if such an attack were to occur…

Britain and the US no longer stand side by side

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Friday, August 30, 2013

As David Cameron and Barack Obama have attempted to build support for a confrontation with Syria, it is instructive to note that, though mutually supportive, they have faced somewhat different challenges and have adopted different approaches.