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Friday, September 6, 2019

Issue 60

The Monroe Doctrine and Current U.S. Foreign Policy
Background Essay
Background Essay

The Monroe Doctrine: Guide To The Future

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Friday, September 6, 2019

The Monroe Doctrine, which purports to warn other states from interfering in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere, has supposedly remained a basic principle of American foreign policy since the first half of the nineteenth century. From the point when it was issued, its actual relevance has depended on the willingness to enforce it, or whether there was any real threat. President Monroe issued it during a period when all of the major Spanish colonies in the Western Hemisphere were in the process of gaining their independence from Spain. 

Featured Commentary
Featured Commentary

Principled Realism And The Monroe Doctrine

by Chris Gibson via Strategika
Friday, September 6, 2019

With the publication of the December 2017 version of the National Security Strategy, the Trump administration changed the course of American grand strategy. With it, the U.S. made a conscious choice to leave behind President George W. Bush’s controversial neo-conservative inspired policy of “preemption” and Barack Obama’s convoluted “consequentialism,” embracing instead the more traditional approach of “principled realism,” first articulated by President George Washington. In this new era all previous policies and approaches are under review, including one of our oldest foreign policy statements—the Monroe Doctrine of 1823.

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E Pluribus Plures

by Bing Westvia Strategika
Friday, September 6, 2019

A doctrine is a set of guiding principles shared widely by an organization or a nation. The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 stated that any effort by a European nation to take control of any North or South American country would be viewed as “the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.” In 1962, the Doctrine was invoked during the Cuban Missile Crisis. With the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), President Kennedy established a naval quarantine around the island.

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Drones—An Evolution, Not A Revolution, In Warfare

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In the past five years, drones have acquired the aura of a revolutionary military technology, as a result of spectacular successes in killing Islamist militants.

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Drones: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

by Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In 1907, just four years after the Wright Brothers had flown a few hundred yards across the beaches of North Carolina, H. G. Wells imagined The War in the Air. In Wells’ dark fantasy, the German Empire employs a fleet of airships to preemptively attack the United States, its only potential scientific, industrial, and geopolitical peer. The German target was New York.

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“Turkey at the Crossroads”

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Monday, December 16, 2013

Barry Strauss discusses recent events in Turkey and what they mean for the country’s future and for its standing in international affairs.

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The Case for Optimism in Turkey

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Williamson Murray on why Turkey’s prominent role in the Middle East will actually redound to America’s benefit.

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The U.S. Should Be Thankful for Turkey

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Sunday, December 1, 2013

The emergence of Turkey as the most powerful regional player in the Middle East should not surprise Americans. Of all the Middle Eastern Islamic nations, it is the only one that has adapted to the modern world with any degree of success.

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Drones—Saving Our Soldiers

by Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Strategika
Sunday, December 1, 2013

The warrior’s endless quest is to be more lethal and more precise and to enhance the probabilities of human survival and victory in war.

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The Limitations of Drone Warfare

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Sunday, December 1, 2013
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Whom Shall We Drone?

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Sunday, December 1, 2013

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