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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.

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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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Friday, September 6, 2019

Issue 60

The Monroe Doctrine and Current U.S. Foreign Policy

Background Essay

by Williamson Murray Friday, September 6, 2019
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by Chris Gibson Friday, September 6, 2019
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by Bing West Friday, September 6, 2019
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Issue 59

U.S.–China Trade Tensions

Background Essay

by Christopher R. O’Dea Thursday, July 11, 2019
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Featured Commentary

by Gordon G. Chang Thursday, July 11, 2019
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by Michael R. Auslin Thursday, July 11, 2019
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Issue 58

Current U.S.-Israel Relations

Background Essay

by Barry Strauss Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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by Paul Rahe Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Issue 57

The Growth of Chinese Power and Influence

Background Essay

by Gordon G. Chang Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Featured Commentary

by Michael R. Auslin Thursday, March 28, 2019
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by Niall Ferguson Thursday, March 28, 2019
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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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Strategika Issue 64: China After The Pandemic

via Strategika
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Strategika Issue 64 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.

Background Essay

The Coronacrisis Will Simply Exacerbate The Geo-Strategic Competition Between Beijing And Washington

by Michael R. Auslinvia Strategika
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Even before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China late last year, the Sino-U.S. relationship had been in a period of flux. Since coming to office in 2017, President Trump made rebalancing ties with China the centerpiece of his foreign policy. Claiming that it would no longer be business as usual with Beijing, Trump began to respond more forcefully to what he had long claimed were unfair Chinese trade practices, cyberespionage, military intimidation, and global propaganda campaigns.

Featured Commentary

China Is Flailing in a Post-Coronavirus World

by Gordon G. Changvia Strategika
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Beijing’s propagandists believe the coronavirus pandemic will bring about the end of U.S. hegemony, “the American Century” as they call it. They are right in one narrow sense. The disease, which has reached almost every country and crippled societies across continents, has the feel of an epoch-ending event. What is likely to end, however, is not U.S. leadership. It’s Beijing’s audacious grab for global dominance.

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China Lies, China Kills, China Wins

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Thursday, April 23, 2020

As a plague compounds our political divisions, it’s essential to recall that the cause of the global carnage is not across the congressional aisle or parliamentary divide. This pandemic came courtesy of the breathtaking (literally, in this case) ruthlessness of the Chinese dictatorship, whose policies nurtured, hid, and fostered the spread of the COVID-19 virus currently killing our citizens by the tens of thousands and crippling economies worldwide.

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Elizabeth Economy: After COVID-19: China's Role In The World And U.S.-China Relations

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Council on Foreign Relations
Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses China and the US-China relationship in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How China Sees The World

by H. R. McMastervia The Atlantic
Monday, April 20, 2020

And how we should see China.

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A Coronavirus Strategy Memo To Chairman Xi

by Jakub Grygielvia National Review
Thursday, April 16, 2020

How China can use the aftermath of coronavirus to its strategic advantage.

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Victor Davis Hanson: COVID-19 and the Lessons of History

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Thursday, April 9, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Victor Davis Hanson: COVID-19 and the Lessons of History 
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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Geopolitical Jockeying In A Time Of Pandemic

by Michael R. Auslinvia Spectator
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

You might think a global pandemic and the worst crisis since World War Two would lead to a welcome, if temporary tamping down of military activity in already tense and contested environments. Yet even as the novel coronavirus ravages the world, old fashioned geopolitical jousting continues in Asia, reminding us that the passing phase of COVID-19 will simply return much of the world to the status quo ante of great power competition.

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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.

Our board of scholars shares no ideological consensus other than a general acknowledgment that human nature is largely unchanging. Consequently, the study of past wars can offer us tragic guidance about present conflicts—a preferable approach to the more popular therapeutic assumption that contemporary efforts to ensure the perfectibility of mankind eventually will lead to eternal peace. New technologies, methodologies, and protocols come and go; the larger tactical and strategic assumptions that guide them remain mostly the same—a fact discernable only through the study of history.

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