Sumantra Maitra

About Sumantra Maitra

Sumantra Maitra is a doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, and a member of Centre for Conflict, Security, and Terrorism. He is also a regular analyst for Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi, and a regular essayist for various publications, including The National Interest, The Federalist, and Quillette Magazine. You can find him on Twitter @MrMaitra.

Beltway Ducks Grand Strategy Debate Over Europe

This month marks the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s “14 Points”—the document that arguably formed the basis of a rule-based international order. There were debates about Wilson’s idealism, right after it was published, and there continues to be a disagreement over whether there ever was a rule-based order, or whether the aspiration

By | 2018-01-23T10:25:17+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Trump’s Conservative-Realist Approach Will Outlast Trump

Anne Applebaum laments the death of Wilsonian world order, in her latest column for the Washington Post. Let us for a moment skip over the fact that the notion we ever had a Wilsonian order is debatable. It is also, arguably, impossible as an aspiration, as any international relations theorist worth his salt

By | 2018-01-09T13:12:28+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

EU and Anglo-American Interests Differ: Peter Hitchens Was Right

Two years ago, as a fresh doctoral researcher in the United Kingdom, I wrote an essay called “The Grand Strategy Debate London is Avoiding,” and submitted it to a top tier center-right newspaper in London. Needless to mention, it was rejected. No one would believe at that time that the European Union could

By | 2017-12-08T11:36:07+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

The Left’s Moral Kulturkampf Reaps the Whirlwind

Lena Dunham, queen of the Twitter “Listen and Believe” brigade, former “Girls” star, and self-declared feminist, initially defended her show’s male writer from a claim of rape. Murray Miller, who was also the executive producer on “Girls,” was accused of sexually assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau. This is fascinating, coming from someone who once

By | 2017-11-29T00:03:32+00:00 November 27th, 2017|

Jihadist Insurgencies and Conservative Priorities

Western conservatives need to internalize the lessons of previous policy failures and adjust accordingly. In a recent statement, the MI5 chief Andre Parker said that Britain is facing the most severe and unprecedented threat of Islamic terrorism. The United Kingdom is seeing “a dramatic upshift in the threat” post attacks in Westminster, Manchester, on

By | 2017-11-06T16:24:36+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

Europe’s Imperial Dilemma

Europe has an imperial problem. Put simply, the European Union, formed as a political union to prevent war on the continent, is slowly morphing into a liberal utopian empire, undermining Westphalian nation-states with its open migration policy and fiscal meddling. Inevitably, this has resulted in the rise of pre-Westphalian ethno-nationalist sentiments. The imperial

By | 2017-10-25T10:19:59+00:00 October 24th, 2017|