Publications

September 11, 2022

Realism AND Restraint get the test at National Conservatism conference

Responsible Statecraft | MIAMI — Where are national conservatives (mostly associated with the nationalist, populist movement) on China? There is no easy answer for that, though there seems to be a strong inclination towards Donald Trump’s approach before and during his presidency: don’t start any new wars, but if someone wants to start a fight, be ready to clobber them....

September 9, 2022

The Morality of a Strategy of Denial

First Things | America’s foreign policy needs to reorient. In my book The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, I lay out what this approach should be....

August 29, 2022

Europe’s Emerging Vulnerability: A Secure Europe Needs Greater German Defense Efforts

Internationale Politik | The United States cannot handle all of the world’s potential conflicts on its own, and certainly not simultaneously....

August 25, 2022

Elbridge Colby: War with China or Russia increasingly plausible but Canada isn’t ready

National Post | The world needs more Canada. But, contrary to much current rhetoric, it needs more good, old-fashioned Canadian hard power. As much as anything, this means more Canadian military strength that can help better defend its allies — and itself — in a considerably more dangerous world........

August 22, 2022

Will Great Powers War Once More? (feat. Elbridge Colby)

American Moment | In Today's episode of "Moment of Truth," Saurabh and Nick sit down with Elbridge Colby, Co-Founder and Principal of The Marathon Initiative and author of "The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict." .......

August 11, 2022

America Must Prepare for a War Over Taiwan

Foreign Affairs | Why isn’t the United States doing more to prepare for war with China over Taiwan—precisely to deter and thus avoid it?....

July 23, 2022

Why the U.S. military thinks Pelosi’s Taiwan trip is a bad idea

Nikkei Asia | Elbridge Colby, a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, said that the situation over Taiwan is becoming increasingly dangerous and that Washington needs to be careful of the messages it sends......

July 1, 2022

China, Not Russia, Still Poses the Greatest Challenge to U.S. Security

The National Interest | Nothing that has happened since Russia’s abominable invasion of Ukraine has changed a set of facts: Asia is the world’s largest market area, and it is growing in global share.....

April 28, 2022

Biden’s All-Hat National Defense

National Review | The Biden administration’s defense approach recalls the Old West phrase describing a cowboy who talked big without the ability to back it up — “all hat, no cattle.” ....

March 2, 2022

US focus on Ukraine stokes worries about Joe Biden’s commitment to Taiwan

Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia | ISIS Malaysia is honoured to host Elbridge Colby, lead architect of the United States 2018 National Defence Strategy, the most significant revision of US defence strategy in a generation.....