Angelo Codevilla

About Angelo Codevilla

Angelo M. Codevilla is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University and the author of To Make And Keep Peace, Hoover Institution Press, 2014

Reflections on Terrorism: Idiots in Paradise

Every time some Muslim bombs, beheads, shoots, runs over, and otherwise terrorizes the likes of us in New York, Paris, London, Madrid, Boston, Barcelona, San Bernardino, or any other Western city, the Euro-American ruling class asks whether he acted in concert with international organizations. Decades ago, it asked about connections with states. It

By | 2017-11-13T07:18:44+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

Reflections on Terrorism: Iran and Bin Laden

So little practical consequence does the relationship between the Iranian government and al-Qaeda have that, had not the recently released “Bin Laden papers” revealed it, hardly anyone would notice it. Both sides are getting from it what reality allows. Part two of a special four-part series. Read part one, part three, and part

By | 2017-11-12T11:07:53+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

Migration: The Straw That’s Breaking Europe’s Back

The issue of immigration has become the occasion for deciding the most practical and perennial of issues: who rules? Americans know that Europe’s un-sustainable socio-economic model—bureaucratized economies, social welfare, and demographic decline—is a warning to us. Increasingly, we have imitated that model, assuming that the decline would be slow and graceful. But Europe’s

By | 2017-10-20T21:11:18+00:00 October 19th, 2017|

Establishment GOP Puts Cronies over Country on Missile Defense

As North Korea demonstrates America’s vulnerability to ballistic missiles, and as President Trump pledges “many billions of dollars” for “the anti-missile,” establishment Republicans are poised to use missile defense talk today in the same way they did in the wake of Ronald Reagan’s commitment to it: profit politically from rhetoric, funnel money to

By | 2017-09-15T07:45:21+00:00 September 12th, 2017|

Can the U.S Military Hold the Line in the Gathering Political Storm?

Defense Secretary James Mattis's words last month to U.S troops in the Middle East came from his patriotic heart: “And you just hold the line, my fine young soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines. You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it, of being

By | 2017-09-12T13:07:36+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

The 2016 Election is Not Reversible

Today, the bipartisan ruling class, which the electorate was trying to shed by supporting anti-establishment candidates of both parties in 2016, feels as if it has dodged the proverbial bullet. The Trump administration has not managed to staff itself—certainly not with anti-establishment people—and may never do so. Because the prospect of that happening

By | 2017-09-03T20:29:28+00:00 August 31st, 2017|

Victory: What It Will Take to Win

Editor's Note: This essay was originally published in the Fall 2001 edition of the Claremont Review of Books. The editors are grateful for permission from the Claremont Institute to republish the article here. Read Angelo Codevilla's response to President Trump's August 21 speech on Afghanistan. "It is not that they love peace less,

By | 2017-08-25T16:01:05+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|

If This is Strategy . . .

Strategy is neither more nor less than a map for getting from here to there—a reasonable plan for using what you have to accomplish what you want. President Trump’s August 21 speech, touted as “a new strategy” for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is not a strategy, because it did not even try to

By | 2017-08-25T14:40:36+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|