Star Wars Analysis Article Index


This page is a list of all articles I can find that analyze Star Wars through the prism of our galaxy. This is not an analysis of the Star Wars movies as entertainment as much as these articles use Star Wars to reflect our human condition. This list is updated as needed. If you have any suggestions, please email me at mglortz(at) Thanks.

Star Wars and Warfare

Star Wars by Other Means: Rogue One and Foreign Policy – 3/28/2017, PPTSapper, Angry Staff

What Rogue One Teaches Us About the Rebel Alliance’s Military Chops – 12/21/2016, Angry Staff Officer,

‘Rogue One’ Shows Us the Dark Side of the Rebellion – 12/17/2016, Matthew Gault, War Is

Rogue One highlights an uncomfortable fact – military robots can change sides – 12/15/2016, Jonathan Roberts,

Give the Empire Its Due: Can the Fate of the Death Star Tell Us Anything About Aircraft Carriers? – 4/27/2016, Noah Kanter,

First Order After Action Review for Operations on Jakku – 1/12/2016, powerpointsapper,

Re-Fighting the Battle of Hoth: An Engineer’s Perspective – 12/18/2015, Angry Staff Officer,

In a Counterinsurgency Far, Far Away – 12/16/2015, Paul D. Miller and Michael Boyle, Foreign Policy

The destruction of Alderaan was completely justified – 10/29/2015, Sonny Bunch, Washington Post

Militarily speaking, how incompetent is the Empire in Star Wars? – 5/17/2014, Kyle Murao,

Ewok Hearts and Minds: The Failure of Imperial Counterinsurgency on Endor – 5/3/2014, Angry Staff Officer,

Defense Nerds Strike Back: A Symposium on the Battle of Hoth – 2/15/2013, Crispin J. Burke & Kelsey Atherton & Daniel Nexon & Adam Elkus & Caitlin Fitz Gerald & Robert Farley, Wired

Inside the Battle of Hoth: The Empire Strikes Out – 2/12/2013, Spencer Ackerman, Wired

The Tarkin Doctrine and the Sith Way of War – 8/6/2012, Grand Blog Tarkin

The Jedi Way of War – 7/31/2012, Grand Blog Tarkin

May the IHL be with You… Star Wars vs. Real Wars – The Rebellion vs. Guerrilla Movements – UNK 2011 – Shawheen Saffari, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Star Wars and Counter Insurgency: Application of COIN doctrine with regards to the Rebel Alliance – 11/1/2010, Adam Phaley, Weapons of Media Destruction

Why is there no counterinsurgency in “Star Wars”? – 9/1/2009, The Economist

Star Wars and the Limits of Counterinsurgency – 8/31/2009, Matthew Yglesias, ThinkProgress

COIN in Space? – 8/31/2009, Patrick Barry,

The Galactic Way of Warfare – 1/1/2006, Stephen P. McVeigh, Ch 3 of Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise: Fans, Merchandise, & CriticsGoogle Preview – accessed 12/18/2015

George Lucas’ Strategic Defense Initiatives – 6/1/1988, Michael Ryan and Douglas Kellner, Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film

Star Wars and Politics

Rogue One and the Politics of Star Wars – 12/29/2016, Ilya Somin,

The Empire Is Us: The Politics of ‘Rogue One’ – 12/25/2016, Ian Doescher,

It May Be an Accident, but ‘Rogue One’ Is the Most Politically Relevant Movie of the Year – 12/24/2016, Owen Gleiberman,

Be Wary of Star Wars’ Politics of Violence – 12/14/2016, Abraham Riesman,

Star Wars in a Time of Rogue Politics – 12/14/2016, Robert Schlesinger,

Star Wars Is and Always Has Been Political – 12/12/2016, Katharine Trendacosta,

Star Wars and the Fantasy of American Violence – 7/2/2016, Roy Scranton, New York Times

Lessons from ‘Star Wars’ on the Fight for Democracy – 1/12/2016, Tyler Roylance, Freedom House

The Politics of Star Wars – 12/18/2015, Ilya Somin, Free Thoughts Podcast (audio)

Why The Politics Of The ‘Star Wars’ Universe Makes No Sense – 12/17/2015, Brett Neely & Scott Detrow & Tamara Keith, NPR

The brief ‘Star Wars’ guide to international politics – 12/17/2015, Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

Democracy to Dictatorship Through Star Wars – 12/17/2015,

Does Fear Cost Us Our Liberty (video) – 12/17/2015,

Decoding the Politics of Star Wars (video) – 12/16/2015, Georgetown University

Conservatives Are Rewriting Star Wars as a Battle Against Terrorism – 12/15/2015, Jeet Heer, New Republic

The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad – 12/11/2015, Comfortably Smug,

Star Wars in the Public Square: The Clone Wars as Political Dialogue (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy) – 12/1/2015, Derek R. Sweet (Author) & Donald E. Palumbo (Editor) & III (Editor) & Michael Sullivan (Editor) – Google Books Preview – accessed 12/18/2015

Why Conservatives Love the Galactic Empire – 10/20/2015, Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast

Is Star Wars a right-wing parable – or a call to solidarity? – 10/20/2015, Stephen Bush, New Statesman

The Personal and Political in Star Wars – 12/8/2014, Ross Douthat, New York Times

‘Star Wars, Episode VII’: Please, for the love of God, as little politics as possible – 12/4/2014, Daniel Drezner, Washington Post

The Institutions of Star Wars – 12/3/2014, Seth Masket, Washington Monthly

In ‘Star Wars,’ politics is always personal – 12/1/2014, Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

Corruption, Exploitation, and Decay: The Politics of Star Wars – 11/6/2012, Eric Gellar, Star

The politics of the Jedi – 7/27/2010, Seth Masket, Enik Rising

Let’s Be Fair to the Jedi – 7/24/2010, Daniel Drezner, Foreign Policy

‘Sith’ Invites Bush Comparisons – 5/16/2005, Ellen Creen, Associated Press

The Politics of Star Wars – 10/12/2003, Karen Winter,

The Case for the Empire – 5/15/2002, Jonathan V. Last, The Weekly Standard

Democracy, Tyranny, and Star Wars – 4/25/2002, Paul Davidson,

Star Wars: Not so long ago, not so far away – 8/1/1978, Dan Rubey, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media

Star Wars and Religion

Restoring religion to the ‘Star Wars’ movies – 11/20/2015, Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

The Apocalyptic Cosmology of Star Wars – 4/1/2000, John Lyden, The Journal of Religion & Film

Star Wars and Science

The Physics in Star Wars Isn’t Always Right, and That’s OK – 12/17/2015, Rhett Allain, Wired

I Calculated the Mass of a Star Wars Blaster Bolt for You – 12/14/2015, Rhett Allain, Wired

May the 4th Be With You: Could Han Shoot Second? – 5/4/2011. Rhett Allain, Wired

An Analysis of Blaster Fire in Star Wars – 5/24/2012, Rhett Allain, Wired

Star Wars and Law

The World According to Star Wars – 8/1/2016, Cass R. Sunstein, Ilya Somin, Michael F. Cannon, & Aaron Ross Powell, CATO Institute (video)

Star Wars, Science Fiction, and the Constitution – 6/27/2016, Ilya Somin,

Lessons for the Supreme Court from the Jedi Council – 2/18/2016, Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

How Star Wars Illuminates Constitutional Law (and Authorship) – 2015, Cass R. Sunstein, The New Rambler

The Force’ as Law: Mythology, Ideology and Order in George Lucas’s Star Wars – UNK Date, Timothy Peters, Griffith Law School, Griffith University

Star Wars and Business

Han Solo is the Ultimate Uber Driver – 12/19/2015, Andrew J. Hawkins,

Star Lords – 12/15/2015, James Douglas,

Death Star II: A Project Management Case Study – 11/30/2015, Michael Lortz,

Project Management Lesson From Star Wars – 11/15/2014, Liza Wood

What a Piece of Junk! : Imperial investigators report weaknesses in Death Star management, performance. – 5/3/2013, Michael Peck, Foreign Policy

The Death Star: A Pentagon Purchasing Nightmare – 9/8/2011, Adam Rawnsley, Wired

Don’t Come to the Dark Side: Acquisition Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away – 9/2011, Defense AT&L, Lt. Col. Dan Ward, ASAF

The Death Star: Poor Project Management in Practice – 1/9/2011, Cory Cowgill, Achievement Unlocked

What C-3PO Can Teach You About Job Security – 1/12/2009, CodeSqueeze

Death Star Costs $15.6 Septillion, 1.4 Trillion Times the US Debt – 2/4/2009, Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

Silicon Valley’s Misplaced Star Wars Lust – 1/12/2002, Michael Kanellos,