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Monday, September 14, 2020

Issue 67

U.S. Troop Deployments in Germany
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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. 

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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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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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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

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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

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by Gordon G. Chang Thursday, March 28, 2019
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by Michael R. Auslin Thursday, March 28, 2019
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by Niall Ferguson Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Issue 56

The Defense of Europe

Background Essay

by Angelo M. Codevilla Thursday, January 17, 2019
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by Ralph Peters Thursday, January 17, 2019
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by Robert G. Kaufman Thursday, January 17, 2019
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Thursday, January 17, 2019
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by Kori Schake Thursday, January 17, 2019
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by Bing West Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Leaving The Middle East: The Fallacy Of A False Dichotomy

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In classical logic, the false dichotomy, or false dilemma, is defined as an argument where only two choices are presented yet more exist, or a spectrum of possible choices exists between two extremes. False dilemmas are usually characterized by “either this or that” language but can also be characterized by the omission of choices. This insidious tactic has the appearance of forming a logical argument, but under closer scrutiny it becomes evident that there are more possibilities than the either/or choice that is presented.

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Strategika Issue 63: Should The United States Leave The Middle East?

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Strategika Issue 63 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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