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Monday, September 14, 2020

Issue 67

U.S. Troop Deployments in Germany
Background Essay
Background Essay

America—A European Power No More? Shifting Tectonics, Changing Interests, And The Shrinking Size Of U.S. Troops In Europe

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Friday, September 11, 2020

The Trump drawdown of U.S. troops in Europe is not the end of the alliance, but part of a familiar story. America’s military presence has been contested from Week 1—make that February 4–11, 1945. At Yalta, Franklin D. Roosevelt assured Joseph Stalin that the United States would soon depart from Europe. Its troops—three million at the peak—would all be gone in two years.

Featured Commentary
Featured Commentary

Is It Wise To Pull Out And Redeploy 12,000 U.S. Troops From Germany?

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Friday, September 11, 2020

President Trump’s decision to return the U.S 2nd Cavalry Regiment currently stationed in Germany to American soil (6,500 troops), as well as to redeploy mostly Air Force units from Germany to Italy and command headquarters to Belgium and Poland (another 5,600), will have mostly modest positive military consequences and has already benefited America diplomatically. The military consequences are modest because U.S forces in Europe have long since ceased to be potential combatants. 

Featured Commentary

Return Of Forces From Germany?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Friday, September 11, 2020

On September 11, 1944, a patrol led by Staff Sergeant Warner L. Holzinger of Troop B, 85th Reconnaissance Squadron, 5th Armored Division, crossed the Our River from Luxembourg into Germany. Those five soldiers were the vanguard of a mighty Allied force that would within eight months conquer the Third Reich, thereby ending World War II in Europe.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Issue 67

U.S. Troop Deployments in Germany

Background Essay

by Josef Joffe Friday, September 11, 2020
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Featured Commentary

by Angelo M. Codevilla Friday, September 11, 2020
article
by Peter R. Mansoor Friday, September 11, 2020
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Related Commentary

by Victor Davis Hanson Thursday, August 20, 2020
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Issue 66

The Status of the EU

Background Essay

by Ralph Peters Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Featured Commentary

by Jakub Grygiel Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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by Andrew Roberts Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Friday, May 29, 2020

Issue 65

U.S. Recognition of Taiwan

Background Essay

by Gordon G. Chang Friday, May 29, 2020
article

Featured Commentary

by Seth Cropsey Friday, May 29, 2020
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by John Yoo, Robert J. Delahunty Friday, May 29, 2020
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Issue 64

China After the Pandemic

Background Essay

by Michael R. Auslin Thursday, April 23, 2020
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Featured Commentary

by Gordon G. Chang Thursday, April 23, 2020
article
by Ralph Peters Thursday, April 23, 2020
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by H. R. McMaster Monday, April 20, 2020
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by Niall Ferguson Monday, April 6, 2020
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by Michael R. Auslin Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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interview with Michael R. Auslin Friday, March 20, 2020
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by Michael R. Auslin Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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by Victor Davis Hanson Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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by Michael R. Auslin Friday, February 7, 2020
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by Michael R. Auslin Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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by Michael R. Auslin Friday, March 27, 2020
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interview with Elizabeth Economy Monday, April 20, 2020
video
by Elizabeth Economy Monday, February 10, 2020
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by Jakub Grygiel Thursday, April 16, 2020
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interview with Victor Davis Hanson Thursday, April 9, 2020
video
by CAPT Chris Sharman Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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by John Yoo, Ivana Stradner Monday, April 6, 2020
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Strategika Issue 67: U.S. Troop Deployments In Germany

via Strategika
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Strategika Issue 67 is now available online. Strategika is an 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.

Featured Commentary

Return Of Forces From Germany?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Friday, September 11, 2020

On September 11, 1944, a patrol led by Staff Sergeant Warner L. Holzinger of Troop B, 85th Reconnaissance Squadron, 5th Armored Division, crossed the Our River from Luxembourg into Germany. Those five soldiers were the vanguard of a mighty Allied force that would within eight months conquer the Third Reich, thereby ending World War II in Europe.

Featured Commentary

Is It Wise To Pull Out And Redeploy 12,000 U.S. Troops From Germany?

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Friday, September 11, 2020

President Trump’s decision to return the U.S 2nd Cavalry Regiment currently stationed in Germany to American soil (6,500 troops), as well as to redeploy mostly Air Force units from Germany to Italy and command headquarters to Belgium and Poland (another 5,600), will have mostly modest positive military consequences and has already benefited America diplomatically. The military consequences are modest because U.S forces in Europe have long since ceased to be potential combatants. 

Background Essay

America—A European Power No More? Shifting Tectonics, Changing Interests, And The Shrinking Size Of U.S. Troops In Europe

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Friday, September 11, 2020

The Trump drawdown of U.S. troops in Europe is not the end of the alliance, but part of a familiar story. America’s military presence has been contested from Week 1—make that February 4–11, 1945. At Yalta, Franklin D. Roosevelt assured Joseph Stalin that the United States would soon depart from Europe. Its troops—three million at the peak—would all be gone in two years.

Related Commentary

Goodbye — Sort Of — To Germany?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Why should America anchor Germany's defense? It cuts deals with Russia, has never met its NATO commitment, and is the most anti-American nation in Europe.

Strategika

Strategika Issue 66: The Status Of The EU

via Strategika
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Strategika Issue 66 is now available online. Strategika is an 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.

Featured Commentary

The Moribund EU

by Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

What is the point of the European Union? Only a few years ago such a question, especially coming from a British Brexiteer such as me, might have been written off as simply provocative rudeness from an ideological foe. Today, however, in the light of the EU’s incapacity to meet the strategic challenges posed by China’s aggressive foreign policy, the health challenges posed by COVID-19, the economic challenges caused by the global lockdown, and the budgetary challenges posed by Britain (its second-largest net contributor) leaving, it is legitimate to ask what the EU is really for at this stage of the 21st century.

Featured Commentary

The Status Of The EU: A Frustrated Empire Built On The Wrong Assumption

by Jakub Grygielvia Strategika
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

As the Preamble to the 1957 Treaty of Rome stated, the purpose of the then European Economic Community was to “lay the foundations of an ever-closer union” among Europeans. This phrase became interpreted as a call for a progressively tighter political merger of the member states, with the European Union as the latest embodiment of this purpose. The problem with this progressive vision, however, is twofold: first, it is never fully achieved as the final objective remains always on the horizon and, second, it is grounded in the belief that a common market can create a unified polity. 

Background Essay

The State Of This Union Is (Remarkably) Strong

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

For years, I was a guest commentator on a business-news show whose host was surprisingly literate. We covered global affairs and shared useful exchanges. But this well-schooled, worldly man had a massive blind spot he shared with a significant number of conservatives: He detested the European Union (EU) obsessively and leapt on every shred of negative data from Brussels as proof that the EU was, finally, this time, at last, truly and belatedly doomed.

Featured Commentary

Taiwan

by John Yoo, Robert J. Delahuntyvia Strategika
Friday, May 29, 2020

As the confrontation between the United States and China intensifies, Taiwan will occupy a pivotal place. Since becoming the site of the exiled Nationalist Chinese government after the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) conquest of mainland China in 1949, the island state has become a flourishing and prosperous liberal democracy boasting the 21st-largest economy in the world.

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