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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, 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
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by Ralph Peters Thursday, April 23, 2020
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Related Commentary

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
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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
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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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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Issue 63

Should the United States Leave the Middle East?

Background Essay

by Edward N. Luttwak Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Featured Commentary

by Peter R. Mansoor Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Friday, December 27, 2019

Issue 62

Is the Mediterranean Still Geo-strategically Essential?

Background Essay

by Barry Strauss Friday, December 27, 2019
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Featured Commentary

by Ralph Peters Friday, December 27, 2019
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Friday, December 27, 2019
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by Gordon G. Chang Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Chris Gibson Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Jakub Grygiel Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Josef Joffe Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Robert G. Kaufman Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Peter R. Mansoor Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Mark Moyar Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Christopher R. O'Dea Thursday, November 7, 2019
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by Ralph Peters Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Hy Rothstein Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Nadia Schadlow Friday, January 10, 2020
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by Bing West Friday, January 10, 2020
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Issue 61

Tariffs and Embargoes

Background Essay

by John B. Taylor Friday, December 20, 2019
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Featured Commentary

by Gordon G. Chang Friday, December 20, 2019
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by Robert G. Kaufman Friday, December 20, 2019
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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.

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A Small Island And Perhaps A Big Conflict

by Barry Strauss via Military History in the News
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

What do Cleopatra, the man who blew up the Parthenon, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis, and Turkey’s President Erdoğan have in common? A shared interest in a tiny Mediterranean island. Kastellorizo, population 500, is only 4.6 square miles in area but it has the unlikely official name of The Biggest (Megisti), which it is, compared to the smaller islands beside it. Although photogenic enough to be the site of the delightful film Mediterraneo (1991), Kastellorizo is coveted for its geostrategic importance.

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.

Featured Commentary

Recognize Taiwan

by Seth Cropseyvia Strategika
Friday, May 29, 2020

On 12 May, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters stated that his nation will support Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Assembly at the organization’s meeting the following week. The Assembly governs the World Health Organization, the international body tasked with fighting pandemics like COVID-19. China has excluded Taiwan from the WHA since 2017, after participating in sessions as an observer since 2009.

Background Essay

Taiwan: “The Struggle Continues”

by Gordon G. Changvia Strategika
Friday, May 29, 2020

“Reunification is a historical inevitability of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” declared Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office in May, promoting the idea that Taiwan will be absorbed into the People’s Republic of China. In history, however, there is nothing foreordained, predestined, or inevitable. Just ask Henry Kissinger.

Strategika

Strategika Issue 65: U.S. Recognition Of Taiwan

via Strategika
Friday, May 29, 2020

Strategika Issue 65 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.

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