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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Issue 68

Crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean
Background Essay
Background Essay

Turkey In The Eastern Mediterranean Crisis

by Soner Cagaptayvia Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Three wars that Turkey is currently involved in, namely in Syria, Libya, and the South Caucasus, suggest that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s foreign policy has settled into a new phase. Erdoğan is building a “mini Empire” by—often—simultaneously fighting and power- brokering with his Russian homologue, and to this end the Eastern Mediterranean provides ample opportunities for him.

Featured Commentary
Featured Commentary

It’s Not The Energy, Stupid!

by Zafiris Rossidisvia Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

In 2020, with the strong presence of American, Russian, French, Greek, Turkish, Egyptian, Italian, and even German warships, the Eastern Mediterranean has become one of the most militarized seas in the world.

Featured Commentary

Crisis In The Eastern Mediterranean

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Eastern Mediterranean, like the Middle East, is a tough neighborhood. The current standoff over natural gas rights among Greece, Turkey, and their respective allies is only the latest example.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Issue 68

Crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean

Background Essay

by Soner Cagaptay Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Featured Commentary

by Zafiris Rossidis Thursday, October 22, 2020
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by Barry Strauss Thursday, October 22, 2020
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by Barry Strauss Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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by Barry Strauss Thursday, August 27, 2020
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by Victor Davis Hanson Saturday, October 10, 2020
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by Victor Davis Hanson Friday, October 9, 2020
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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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by Angelo M. Codevilla Friday, September 11, 2020
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by Peter R. Mansoor Friday, September 11, 2020
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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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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
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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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Strategika Issue 68: Crisis In The Eastern Mediterranean

via Strategika
Monday, October 26, 2020

Strategika Issue 68 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

Crisis In The Eastern Mediterranean

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Eastern Mediterranean, like the Middle East, is a tough neighborhood. The current standoff over natural gas rights among Greece, Turkey, and their respective allies is only the latest example.

Featured Commentary

It’s Not The Energy, Stupid!

by Zafiris Rossidisvia Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

In 2020, with the strong presence of American, Russian, French, Greek, Turkish, Egyptian, Italian, and even German warships, the Eastern Mediterranean has become one of the most militarized seas in the world.

Background Essay

Turkey In The Eastern Mediterranean Crisis

by Soner Cagaptayvia Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Three wars that Turkey is currently involved in, namely in Syria, Libya, and the South Caucasus, suggest that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s foreign policy has settled into a new phase. Erdoğan is building a “mini Empire” by—often—simultaneously fighting and power- brokering with his Russian homologue, and to this end the Eastern Mediterranean provides ample opportunities for him.

Related Commentary

Greek–Turkish Rivalry Is Again Near the Boiling Point

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Saturday, October 10, 2020

Add up all the contorted rivalries, histories, and overlapping alliances and loyalties, and the dispute may seem irrational.

Related Commentary

Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Is Greece’s Best Friend

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Ekathimerini
Friday, October 9, 2020

He talks frequently with the US president and he’s one of the few people who knows about the real views of Donald Trump on Greece.

Strategika

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.

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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.

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