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The Silicon Valley Can Be Replicated In Two Easy Steps

Many self proclaimed experts on innovation claim that the Silicon Valley cannot be replicated. They present many reason why this seems to them to be true. Yet replicating the Silicon Valley as a location for fundamental technological paradigm breaks is possible, if not easy One often cited idea why it is impossible to replicate Silicon Valley is that of the Matthew ... Read More »

Book Review: ‘A Sense of the Enemy’ by Zachary Shore

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Zachary Shore, a historian of international relations at the Naval Post Graduate School, has written a book that is at once immensely interesting and disappointing . Read More »

The Ukrainian Crisis and the Possibility of War in Europe


Russia won't give up its regional hegemony without a fight. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Blood Royal’ by Eric Jager


The story of a murder that unraveled France. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Triumph of Improvisation’ by James Graham Wilson


New book traces the end of the Cold War through the efforts of four key men. Read More »

Book Review: ‘What Good is Grand Strategy?’ by Hal Brands


Is grand strategy possible or are we living in too complex an international environment? Read More »

The Origins of World War I: Choice or Fate?


Did Europeans really have the option of avoiding the calamity of 1914? We consider two new books on the origins of the Great War. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Wrede on Writing’ by Patricia C. Wrede


An introduction to the aspects of the craft and business of writing, with a sci-fi/fantasy focus. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Solving Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works’ by Jeanne Liedtka, Andrew King, Kevin Bennett


A collection of case studies where design thinking approach to problem solving made all the difference. Read More »

Godzilla Remake Coming in May 2014


Will this be a smart Godzilla movie? Judging from the trailer, the remake will offer the obligatory level of eye candy, possibly surpassing fan expectations, but given the apparent focus of the trailer on the ordinary people caught up in the wake of unimaginable destruction, there may be here more than the canned human interest plot often found in high ... Read More »