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Monday, April 3, 2017

Issue 40

Trump's New Nationalism
Background Essay
Background Essay

America Alone

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Monday, April 3, 2017

Both in his campaign speeches and in his initial actions after taking office, Donald Trump has made it clear that he aims in his foreign policy to follow the path of dismantling America’s alliance system of turning away an economy that has emphasized globalization to one that is protected by tariffs, and of pursuing what he called one of “America first.” For many Americans, at least to those with some knowledge of the last 75 years, Trump’s direction appears to be a massive break with the past. It is not.

Featured Commentary
Featured Commentary

Precedents For The New Nationalism

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Monday, April 3, 2017

Donald Trump has cultivated comparisons between himself and President Andrew Jackson by hanging the portrait of Jackson in the White House, making pilgrimage to Andrew Jackson’s grave, and pointedly emphasizing that he, like Jackson, “fought to defend forgotten men and women from the arrogant elite of his day.” It is a choice distressing to those who associate Jackson with illiberal policies of slavery, Indian removal, and refusing to enforce Supreme Court verdicts.

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A Foreign Policy To Advance The Domestic Economy

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Monday, April 3, 2017

President Donald Trump’s avowedly nationalist foreign policy agenda has been roundly criticized, both in the United States and abroad, for its narrow focus on America’s own interests. Some of the critics see as aberrant the very notion of putting American interests first, warning that it will promote “tribalism” and prevent cooperation among nations. In actuality, every U.S. administration has put America’s interests ahead of those of other nations, and every president at some point acknowledged as much in public, although not as often or as brashly as President Trump.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Issue 04

What do the Jihadists Want?

Background Essay

by Max Boot Monday, July 1, 2013
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Featured Commentary

by Josef Joffe Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Peter R. Mansoor Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Kiron K. Skinner Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Bruce Thornton Monday, July 1, 2013
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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Issue 03

Should Women serve in front line combat units?

Background Essay

by Kori Schake Saturday, June 1, 2013
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Featured Commentary

by Josiah Bunting III Saturday, June 1, 2013
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by Kiron K. Skinner Saturday, June 1, 2013
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by Victor Davis Hanson Saturday, June 1, 2013
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by Admiral Gary Roughead Saturday, June 1, 2013
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by Bruce Thornton Saturday, June 1, 2013
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Issue 02

Can Iran be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons by sanctions, or ultimately will it require preemptive military action? If Iran becomes nuclear, can it be contained?

Background Essay

by Edward N. Luttwak Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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Featured Commentary

by Williamson Murray Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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by Ralph Peters Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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by Victor Davis Hanson Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Issue 01

Should the United States Intervene in the Syrian Civil War?

Background Essay

by Mark Moyar Monday, April 1, 2013
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Featured Commentary

by Kimberly Kagan Monday, April 1, 2013
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Monday, April 1, 2013
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by Bing West Monday, April 1, 2013
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by Bruce Thornton Monday, April 1, 2013
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by Thomas Donnelly Monday, April 1, 2013
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by Kiron K. Skinner Monday, April 1, 2013
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, April 1, 2013
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Featured Commentary

Lessons Of Past Arms Control Agreements For The Proposed Iran Deal

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The history of arms control agreements is the history of violations. States sign agreements when they must, but break them when they wish. Secret violations are especially hard to monitor in dictatorships and closed societies.

Featured Commentary

The Checkered History Of Arms Control

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Arms control agreements have become an accepted part of the diplomat’s toolkit. They’re taught in seminars at places like Johns Hopkins’ SAIS and Harvard’s Kennedy School; they’re name-checked alongside peace treaties and trade agreements as things diplomats do; negotiating and monitoring them is even a career track.

Background Essay

The Flaws Of Arms Control

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The U.S.-Iran “agreement” of 2015—its genesis, the negotiations that led to it, and its likely consequences—is comprehensible only in terms of a set of ideas peculiar to the post-WWI era, which distinguishes it from previous historical examples.

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Strategika: “Cultural Decline and the Military” with Andrew Roberts

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Friday, August 14, 2015

How political correctness is weakening the armed forces.

Poster Collection, US 06628, Hoover Institution Archives.

Strategika: “How the Military Has Resisted Political Correctness,” with Thomas Donnelly

interview with Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Friday, August 14, 2015

Why PC culture has failed to penetrate the armed services.

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Obama’s Intentionally Divisive Iran Nuclear Deal Rhetoric

by Max Bootvia Commentary
Monday, August 10, 2015

Last week Senator Chuck Schumer, the presumptive next leader of the Democrats in the Senate, announced that he was going to vote against the Iran nuclear deal.

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Conflicting Identities In the U.S. Armed Forces

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Monday, July 27, 2015

My time on Navy active duty being long past, my insights into how the social changes imposed on the armed forces impact their capacity for combat flow from my acquaintance with former students who are now serving

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Mission Unclear

by Bing West via Strategika
Monday, July 27, 2015

It is manifest of our crazy times that the editorial board of Strategika has even posed this question (“Are there new dangers of the military bifurcating along ideological grounds, between traditionalists and those who wish to update military protocols to accommodate social and political agendas?”).

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Political Battles

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Monday, July 27, 2015

Since the 1970s, the U.S. military has experienced intense conflicts between traditionalists and individuals intent on reshaping the military for ideological reasons.

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Reflections on the Military and Society

by Josiah Bunting IIIvia Strategika
Monday, July 27, 2015

The question, “Are there new dangers of the military bifurcating along ideological grounds, between traditionalists and those who wish to update military protocols to accommodate social and political agendas?” interests me because I have spent much of my life as a member of the military establishment—and also as a student, writer and biographer, professor and critic, of its members past and present.

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