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Issue 15

Should more of our European or Pacific democratic allies possess nuclear weapons?
Background Essay
Harold Melvin Agnew Motion Picture Film, Hoover Institution Archives.
Background Essay

A History of Nuclear Choices

by Josef Joffevia Strategika

The question “Should more of our European or Pacific democratic allies possess nuclear weapons?” harbors two unspoken ones. First, why do nations go nuclear? Second, will America’s allies do so if U.S. security guarantees wane in this era of retraction and disarmament? A quick history of the nuclear age reveals many mixed motives and only a tenuous relationship between great-power assurances and client-power abstinence.

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Poster Collection, INT 00398, Hoover Institution Archives.
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The Scramble for Nuclear Deterrence

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika

Given the diplomatic and strategic weaknesses that the United States and its leaders have exhibited over the past six years, it is almost inevitable that America’s allies, which exist in substantially more dangerous neighborhoods than does the United States, will seek to develop their own nuclear capabilities.

Podcast: Strategika: “The Nuclear Future” with Williamson Murray
Poster Collection, INT 00491, Hoover Institution Archives.
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The Risks of Expanding the Nuclear Club’s Membership

by Josiah Bunting IIIvia Strategika

Vladimir Putin’s indifference to the bleating admonitions of Western leaders will persist. These, and the President’s pathetic warnings that have followed, have all the credibility of promising a Red Line in Damascus. 

Okhrana Records, Box 237, Hoover Institution Archives.

Issue 14

Are 20th-century-style conventional military assets and strategies still relevant, or are they being replaced by drones, cyber-warfare, counterinsurgency, and satellite technologies?
Poster Collection, RU/SU 2165, Hoover Institution Archives
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Issue 13

Can or should the West try to stop Vladimir Putin's attempts to reabsorb portions of the old Soviet Union?

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by Kori Schake Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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by Thomas Donnelly Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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by Peter R. Mansoor Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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Poster Collection, INT 503, Hoover Institution Archives
Saturday, March 1, 2014

Issue 12

What Will Afghanistan Look Like Following the Final U.S. Withdrawal in 2014?

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by Max Boot Saturday, March 1, 2014
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by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.) Saturday, March 1, 2014
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Harold Melvin Agnew Motion Picture Film, Hoover Institution Archives.

Strategika: “The Nuclear Future” with Williamson Murray

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Friday, July 18, 2014

The Prospects for Nuclear Proliferation in a Dangerous Age.

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Strategika: “A History of Surprise: War and Unpredictability” with Andrew Roberts

via Strategika
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why Armed Conflict Never Goes according to Plan

Strategika: “The More Wars Change, the More They Stay the Same” with Peter Mansoor

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why the Technological Revolution May Not Change Warfare as Much as We Think.

Strategika: “The Wars of the Future" with Fred Kagan

by Frederick W. Kaganvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Will Irregular Warfare Counteract the Power of Conventional Arms?

Poster Collection, RU/SU 1437, Hoover Institution Archives.

Strategika: “Vladimir Putin, Murderer of Myths” with Ralph Peters

by Ralph Peters via Strategika
Monday, May 12, 2014

Ralph Peters analyzes Vladimir Putin’s recent aggression towards Ukraine and explains how the Russian president’s actions fly in the face of many of the most cherished beliefs of western policy leaders.

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Strategika is a new online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.

Our board of scholars shares no ideological consensus other than a general acknowledgment that human nature is largely unchanging. Consequently, the study of past wars can offer us tragic guidance about present conflicts—a preferable approach to the more popular therapeutic assumption that contemporary efforts to ensure the perfectibility of mankind eventually will lead to eternal peace. New technologies, methodologies, and protocols come and go; the larger tactical and strategic assumptions that guide them remain mostly the same—a fact discernable only through the study of history.