Carl's unfinished masterpiece 'Vom Krieg' ('On War') has long fascinated me. During my Masters at Kings College, London I specialised in Clausewitz and strategy. From escalation in war to friction in operations to determining the centre of gravity when making strategy I am convinced that Clausewitz is a powerful prism through which to understand modern politics.
Take the battle for the White House: a Clausewitzian approach begins with identifying the centre of gravity: is it a state? the campaign message? fundraising? Get Out The Vote ops? The electoral college? The popular vote? That decision determines everything else so you'd better get it right. (I'll offer my own thoughts on this one in a few posts time.)
These are the kind of ideas that I want to directly and indirectly explore with this blog.