Publications

January 25, 2023

Evolving Views on Deterrence as a Security Policy

Orbis | Deterrence offers the United States not only a more effective security policy but also a more moral one than its alternatives—so contended Elbridge Colby in 2007....
November 9, 2022

How America can save Taiwan

UnHerd | Current US policy is setting Washington up for a major crisis with its allies, especially in Europe...
October 22, 2022

無駄にする時間はない 日米は同盟強化へ手を尽くせ (There is no time to waste, Japan and the United States must do everything possible to strengthen the alliance)

Wedge Magazine (Japan) | China responded to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan in August with large-scale military exercises. What is the path that Japan should take as "Taiwan emergency" becomes more realistic? What is China's internal situation? ...
October 12, 2022

Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ nuclear warning builds on increasing worries about a desperate Putin

USA Today | But one longtime U.S. defense and intelligence official, Elbridge Colby, said Putin's longstanding preoccupation with building up Russia's nuclear capabilities, combined with his current predicament in Ukraine, "leads me to think that it is a serious possibility" that he could detonate some kind of nuclear device, most likely in a battlefield setting....
October 11, 2022

Why Protecting Taiwan Really Matters to the U.S.

TIME | Why is it worthwhile for Americans to defend Taiwan? In very concrete terms, what’s in it for us? At this point, there is widespread agreement among Americans that China is a major threat and that U.S. policy needs to address it. At the same time, though, most Americans are rightly opposed to the forever wars of the past two decades and skeptical of more military interventions....
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." .......