Brian M. Downing

Brian M Downing is a political-military analyst, author of The Military Revolution and Political Change and The Paths of Glory: Social Change in America from the Great War to Vietnam, and co-author with Danny Rittman of  The Samson Heuristic. He can be reached at (Copyright 2015 Brian M Downing) 

The Saudis Rethink the Muslim Brotherhood

Iran vs. the Islamic State

A Hawk Reappraises the Afghan War

The Colonel in His Compound

Iran is Not Egypt (Yet)

Conflict and Opportunity in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Staying the Course in Afghanistan

Rising Tensions in the Persian Gulf

Negotiating an Afghan Agreement?

Regulation or Break-Up for the Financial Sector?

Pakistan and the Afghan Insurgency

Escalation and Exit in Afghanistan

Do They Subscribe to GQ at the Pentagon?

The State of U.S. National Security

Succession and the Pakistani Taliban

Crossing the Helmand

The Erosion of the Mullahs’ Monolith

Along the Durand Line

The Changing Game in Afghanistan

The Winding Road

Assessing the Surge

Sacrifice in a Time of War

The Quiet on the Middle Eastern Front

An Appeal from a Vietnam Vet to Chuck Hagel and Jim Webb

The Army’s Road to Iraq

Two Americas

The New Iraq Policy: Escalation

War, Taxes and Democracy

The American Generals and Iraq