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.
Every few weeks, Strategika will offer two short opinion editorials on a current crisis or controversy in the news—sometimes offering quite different conclusions—followed by a third, longer background historical essay. From time to time, members of our working group may provide additional commentary. Finally, the journal will include a brief section with suggestions for further study and discussion questions for educators on particular issues that arise from the posted essays.
Again, to the degree that Strategika offers a consistent editorial point of view, it will not be partisan, but rather focused on championing historical study. We also accept the classically tragic corollary that people can and should avoid some wars, seek to mitigate the effects of others, and try to end them all as quickly and decisively as possible, while granting that the nature of war itself will not change as much as we think—as long as those who fight them remain about the same.