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The Futility of a Beijing-friendly Strategy

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Friday, October 1, 2021

One unique aspect of America’s strategic competition with China is the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) weaponization of all domains of U.S.-China bilateral interactions. From Mao to Xi, all dealings with the U.S., ranging from trade, supply chain, cultural exchange, diplomatic routines, to academic and scientific research, engineering innovation, and defense technology development, have been viewed as nothing but matters of “struggle,” an essential Leninist strategy that centers on the uncompromising nature of the inner contradictions between socialism and capitalism.

The Lin Biao Incident And The People’s Liberation Army Of Purges

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A hallmark of communist military culture is the ruthless purge of the most senior commanders who are considered able but simultaneously threatening to the supreme leader. During the Great Purge of the 1930s, Stalin purged three of his five Red Army marshals, thirteen of his fifteen army commanders, and eight of his nine admirals.

Angelo M. Codevilla, 1943-2021

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Military History in the News
Thursday, September 23, 2021

We of the Hoover Military History Working Group (MHWG) were stunned by the sudden loss of our colleague Angelo Codevilla, who was a charter member of the group, and a frequent incisive contributor to our online journal Strategika. In the past eight years, no one has better represented the aspirations of the Hoover group than Angelo (who had years earlier been a Hoover senior research fellow). He was deeply learned, candid, unapologetic, often controversial, and drew on an encyclopedic array of historical, literary, and cultural knowledge.

China’s Quagmire With Vietnam

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

China watchers’ eyes are trained on the Taiwan Strait, a body of water just eighty miles wide at its narrowest juncture, which could be the flashpoint of the next great-power war. China’s General Secretary, Xi Jinping, has made his intention to “reunify” mainland China with the island nation, if necessary by force.

Big Lies That Won’t Die: Chinese Communist Party Propaganda About Korea And COVID-19

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Monday, September 13, 2021

In May, the White House ordered America’s intelligence agencies to deliver a report on COVID-19’s origins within 90 days. And when the inconclusive findings came out last month, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accelerated its big lie of the pandemic: that the virus originated not in Wuhan, but at the U.S. Army base at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Climate Change And Conflict

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Monday, August 30, 2021

On August 9, the UN-appointed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a sobering report on the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, noting that substantial effects of a 1.1-degree Celsius rise in global temperature since the 19th century are already apparent—as anyone suffering through floods in Europe, wildfires in California, record-breaking heat, or increasing numbers of extreme weather events could probably attest.

Kabul – Saigon 1975, Redux

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Monday, August 16, 2021

In the iconic movie Apocalypse Now, the protagonist, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (played by Martin Sheen), wakes up in a hotel nursing a massive hangover. “Saigon,” he grumbles. “Shit. Still in Saigon.” Forgive Americans for waking up today with a massive twenty-year hangover and muttering similar sentiments. Kabul has fallen, and the Taliban now rule Afghanistan.

Naval Competition In The Indian Ocean

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The shipyards of the Indo-Pacific region have been busy of late. Built at the Cochin shipyard in Kochi, India, the carrier INS Vikrant has embarked on sea trials. After its work up to fully operational status, the Vikrant will join the INS Vikramaditya, commissioned in 2013.

The Uncertain Fate Of America’s Allies

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that the United States would remove all forces from Afghanistan by the end of August put at risk the lives of those Afghans who served with U.S. forces during two decades of conflict. Without American and NATO airpower, intelligence, and advisors, the Afghan National Security Forces are quickly losing ground to a surging Taliban.

What Would Bismarck Think?

by Barry Straussvia Military History in the News
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), dubbed the “Iron Chancellor,” was one of modern history’s masters of Realpolitik. As Prussia’s minister-president, he executed the “blood and iron” war policies that resulted in 1871 in Germany’s long-desired unification.


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Military History in the News is a weekly column from the Hoover Institution that reflects on how the study of the past alone allows us to make sense of the often baffling daily violence, not by offering exact parallels from history, but rather by providing contexts of similarity and difference that foster perspective and insight—and reassurance that nothing is ever quite new.