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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Issue 23

Will NATO survive as a credible alliance - and should it?
Background Essay
Background Essay

Whither NATO?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Formed in 1949 in response to the onset of the Cold War, the purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to British General Hastings Lionel Ismay, the first Secretary General of the alliance, was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” Sixty-five years after the creation of NATO, little it seems has changed with the exception...

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Europe to the World: “Count Me Out!”

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

World Order, Henry Kissinger muses in his eponymous book, requires somebody—a state or an institution—to maintain it. He holds up the Westphalian System, put in place after the murderous Thirty Years’ War, as one institutional pillar. As another instance, he cites the Congress of Vienna (1815), which spawned the Quadruple as well as the Holy Alliance.

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A Refashioned NATO

by Ken Jowittvia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NATO’s character and mission were clearly delineated at its inception. Its mission was to countervail Soviet military power, specifically an attack on Western Europe. The fixed focus was the Fulda Gap.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Issue 23

Will NATO survive as a credible alliance - and should it?

Background Essay

by Peter R. Mansoor Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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by Josef Joffe Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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by Ken Jowitt Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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by Ralph Peters Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Issue 22

How will new gas and oil production affect, if at all, America’s military and geostrategic role abroad?

Background Essay

by Williamson Murray Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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by Kori Schake Thursday, March 26, 2015
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by Walter Russell Mead Thursday, March 26, 2015
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, March 30, 2015
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Issue 21

What additional future steps should the United States and Europe take, if any at all, to counter Russian ambitions?

Background Essay

by Victor Davis Hanson Thursday, February 26, 2015
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by Paul R. Gregory Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Max Boot Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Frederick W. Kagan Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Williamson Murray Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Ralph Peters Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Barry Strauss Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Issue 20

How might the U.S. reboot its Middle East policy and restore confidence in U.S. power and influence?

Background Essay

by Joshua Muravchik Friday, December 19, 2014
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by Kimberly Kagan Friday, December 19, 2014
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by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.) Friday, December 19, 2014
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by Thomas Donnelly Friday, December 19, 2014
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by Kori Schake Friday, December 19, 2014
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by Barry Strauss Friday, December 19, 2014
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by Bing West Friday, December 19, 2014
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Defending the Indefensible: NATO’s Baltic States

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Expanding NATO to include the Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia was a moral imperative and politically irresistible. Militarily, it was folly.

Featured Commentary

A Refashioned NATO

by Ken Jowittvia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NATO’s character and mission were clearly delineated at its inception. Its mission was to countervail Soviet military power, specifically an attack on Western Europe. The fixed focus was the Fulda Gap.

Featured Commentary

Europe to the World: “Count Me Out!”

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

World Order, Henry Kissinger muses in his eponymous book, requires somebody—a state or an institution—to maintain it. He holds up the Westphalian System, put in place after the murderous Thirty Years’ War, as one institutional pillar. As another instance, he cites the Congress of Vienna (1815), which spawned the Quadruple as well as the Holy Alliance.

Background Essay

Whither NATO?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Formed in 1949 in response to the onset of the Cold War, the purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to British General Hastings Lionel Ismay, the first Secretary General of the alliance, was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” Sixty-five years after the creation of NATO, little it seems has changed with the exception...

Strategika: “More Energy, Fewer Problems?” with Williamson Murray

interview with Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The economic and strategic implications of the US energy boom.

Strategika: “An Abundant Energy Future?” With Walter Russell Mead

interview with Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How will new energy resources affect America’s standing in the world?

Strategika: “Energy Resources: A Curse or a Blessing?” with Kori Schake

interview with Kori Schakevia Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What the United States’ energy revolution means for the nation’s future.

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America’s Too Much of a Good Thing

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Strategika
Monday, March 30, 2015

The United States is currently importing oil at about 1996 levels, or roughly 2.5 million barrels per day less than its peak years of 2005-6 when imports topped 10 million barrels per day. And the price per barrel has collapsed by more than half to about $50. The old 1970s dream of a U.S. self-sufficient in fossil fuel energy is now conceivable.

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America Strikes Oil, Literally And Figuratively

by Kori Schakevia Strategika
Thursday, March 26, 2015

J. Paul Getty advised young people to rise early, work hard, and strike oil. It was the recipe to success for many an American robber baron of the nineteenth century, a fortune in both senses of the word being made all over again as hydraulic fracturing enables American energy production to burgeon. American energy production is advancing our national security, as well, emboldening our friends and impinging on our enemies

Podcast: Strategika: “Energy Resources: A Curse or a Blessing?” with Kori Schake
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A More Powerful United States

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Thursday, March 26, 2015

The revolution in U.S. energy production is one of the big stories of our time, and it has consequences for the future of America’s primary geostrategic project of generating, leading, and defending a liberal capitalist world order. Not every result of American energy production will be positive, but the net effect will be to support America’s ability to play a leading role in world affairs.

Podcast: Strategika: “An Abundant Energy Future?” With Walter Russell Mead

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