Steven Biddle – Publications


book cover: Military Power

Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle (Princeton University Press, 2004)

Winner of the 2005 Council on Foreign Relations Ross Award Silver Medal, the 2005 Huntington Prize, the 2005 Koopman Prize, and the 2005 Madigan Book Award.



Co-author (with Jeffrey Friedman and Jacob Shapiro), “Testing the Surge: Why Did Violence Decline in Iraq in 2007?P D F file iconInternational Security, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Summer 2012), pp. 7-40.

Co-author (with Jeffrey Friedman and Stephen Long), “Civil War Intervention and the Problem of Iraq,” P D F file iconInternational Studies Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 1 (March 2012), pp. 85-98.

The Difference Two Years Make,” P D F file iconThe American Interest, Vol. VII, No. 1 (September/October 2011), pp. 40-49.

Co-author (with Fotini Christia and J Alex Thier), “Defining Success in Afghanistan,” P D F file iconForeign Affairs, Vol. 89, No. 4 (July/August 2010), pp. 48-60.

Is There a Middle Way? The Problem with Half Measures in Afghanistan,” P D F file iconThe New Republic, Vol. 240, No. 20 (November 4, 2009), pp. 28-31.

Is it Worth It? The Difficult Case for War in Afghanistan,” The American Interest, P D F file icon Vol. IV, No. 6 (July/August 2009), pp. 4-11.

Co-author (with Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack), “How to Leave a Stable Iraq: Building on Progress,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 87, No. 5 (September/October 2008), pp. 40-58.

“Patient Stabilized?” The National Interest, March/April 2008, pp. 19-25

“Military Strategy: An Introduction,” PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. XL, No. 3 (July 2007), pp. 461-6.

“Speed Kills: Reevaluating the Role of Speed, Precision, and Situation Awareness in the Fall of Saddam,” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1 (February 2007), pp. 3-46.

“Defining Victory and Defeat in Iraq,” The National Interest, No. 86, November/December 2006, pp. 12-15.

“Biddle Replies” in “What to Do in Iraq: A Roundtable,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 4 (July/August 2006), pp. 165-169.

“Seeing Baghdad, Thinking Saigon: The Perils of Refighting Vietnam in Iraq,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 2 (March/April 2006), pp. 2-14.

“Allies, Air Power, and Modern Warfare,” International Security, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Winter 2005-6), pp. 161-176.

“Military Power: A Reply,” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3, June 2005, pp. 453-469.

Monographs, Reports

“Salvaging Governance Reform in Afghanistan,” Council on Foreign Relations Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 16, April 2012.

Co-author, Iraq Joint Campaign Plan Assessment Team Report, US Forces Iraq (USF-I) Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq, November 2010.

“The U.S. and Afghanistan: Next Steps,” Aspen Institute Congressional Program, Vol. 25, No. 3 (May 31-June 6, 2010), pp. 17-22.

Co-author, COMISAF Initial Strategic Assessment Team Report, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 2009.

Reversal in Iraq, Council on Foreign Relations Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 2, Washington, DC, May 2009.

Project Director, The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, September 2008.

Co-author, Joint Strategic Assessment Team Report, Multinational Force Iraq (MNF-I) Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq, April 2007.

American Grand Strategy After 9/11: An Assessment, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, April 2005.