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The Prospects Of A New Iran Deal

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

The Biden administration and President Biden personally, like Obama and his administration before him, have promised that Iran shall not be allowed to acquire a usable nuclear-explosive device. Nor is that one of those political promises that can remain unfulfilled without immediate, highly visible, and highly damaging consequences for the President, the United States, and its allies and friends.

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The Taiwan Question

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Dividing the Taiwan question––does or should, and, if so, does America currently possess the wherewithal to help Taiwan successfully repel a Chinese attack––the first needed determination is whether the US should defend Taiwan, and that determination must be made anew every time the question comes up, just as it would be made anew in the hour of decision by any U.S. President and his chosen advisors.

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Deterrence, Riots, and Education

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Deterrence is a tricky business because it all occurs in the minds of adversaries, forming fears that inhibit action. In 1977, while working in South Korea in a last-minute attempt to find quick ways of improving the country’s remarkably retrograde ground forces (President Jimmy Carter wanted to withdraw U.S. troops quickly, as Presidential Review Memorandum #13 prescribed), I kept wondering why North Korea had made no attempt to exploit the Fall of Saigon opportunity of April 30, 1975.

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Reckless and Rash: China and the Pandemic

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

In response to accusations that COVID-19 was deliberately made by protein transplantation, implying that the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s safety-level 4 lab was engaged in biological warfare, virologists around the world vehemently protested its innocence.

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Learning From Failure: Formulating A New U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A commentator recently complained that President Trump does not have a “Syria strategy” and therefore awful Assad is winning. Countless Op-Ed writers before him likewise commented that President X “did not have a [insert the name of any country from Morocco to India] strategy,” and therefore awful Z was winning.

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The US, Iran, And Israel

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The disagreement with Israel over Iran’s nuclear endeavors long pre-dated the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015,” which the White House prefers to call “The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon”, but which should really be called Barjam, the Farsi acronym that is entering local parlance for any big deal.

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Omens from the Seventh Century

by Edward N. Luttwak via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The early caliphate so idealized by Islamists was no golden age, but a time of instability and violence.

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Strategika: “The Quest for a Caliphate” with Edward Luttwak

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What historical trends inform ISIS’s pursuit of a caliphate? And what do they mean for the future of Islamism?

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Strategika: Issue 17: Caliphate Redivivus?

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Friday, August 29, 2014

Why a careful look at the 7th century can predict how the new caliphate will end.

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Caliphate Redivivus? Why a Careful Look at the 7th Century Can Predict How the New Caliphate Will End

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Friday, August 1, 2014

When modern Muslims invoke the Khilāfa, the Caliphate as their ideal of governance for the Ummah, the planetary community of all Muslims, and indeed for all humans once converted or killed if stubbornly pagan, they do not refer to the famous caliphates of history from the splendiferous Umayyad, to the longer-lasting Abbasid extinguished by the Mongols in 1258, the Egypt-based and tolerant Fatimid in between, or the Ottoman that lingered till 1924, let alone the extant Ahmadiyya Caliphate that most condemn as heretical.