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Friday, September 24, 2021

Issue 75

America After Afghanistan
Background Essay
Background Essay

Our Revels Now Are Ended

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Friday, September 24, 2021

It’s hard to win a war when you refuse to understand your enemy. It’s harder still when you cannot realistically define your strategic mission. You lame yourself further when you reduce a complex history to a single inaccurate cliché; i.e., “Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires.”

Featured Commentary
Featured Commentary

Afghanistan Post-Mortem

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Friday, September 24, 2021

The United States has lost its longest war. After twenty years of conflict and nation building in Afghanistan, the U.S.-backed Afghan regime collapsed like a house of cards in just a few weeks after the announced departure of American and NATO troops from the country. A final flurry of activity by the U.S. military managed to rescue 123,000 people from Kabul, but as Winston Churchill once said of Dunkirk, “Wars are not won by evacuations.”

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Dented, Not Damaged: The American Empire After Afghanistan

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Friday, September 24, 2021

When small, even middle-sized powers make grievous mistakes like fighting a losing war or ignoring deadly threats, they risk their place in the global hierarchy or, worse, their existence. Thus did France and Britain when they failed to fight Nazi Germany in the Thirties while still in position of strategic superiority. 

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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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Featured Commentary

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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Featured Commentary

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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Featured Commentary

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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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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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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Featured Commentary

The Prospects Of A New Iran Deal

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

The Biden administration and President Biden personally, like Obama and his administration before him, have promised that Iran shall not be allowed to acquire a usable nuclear-explosive device. Nor is that one of those political promises that can remain unfulfilled without immediate, highly visible, and highly damaging consequences for the President, the United States, and its allies and friends.

Background Essay

Iran’s Nuclear Program

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

The Biden administration came into office with the hope of reentering the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the nuclear deal with Iran—and thereby reduce tensions in the Middle East, an area of the world to which it would rather pay less attention. 

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Strategika Issue 73: US Defense Of Taiwan

via Strategika
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Strategika Issue 73 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.

Related Commentary

Five Reasons Why Taiwan Should Lie within the Defense Umbrella of the United States

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

1. For the same reason the Americans defended West Berlin during the Cold War, because we all knew if West Berlin fell, freedom would die in that part of the world.

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Defending Taiwan

by Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

In retrospect, the Reagan Administration made one of its very rare foreign policy errors when it forced Taiwan to abandon its nuclear weapons program in 1988. If Taiwan today had the capacity to threaten devastating retaliation against Beijing for an invasion, we would not even be having this debate.

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Taiwan

by Paul Rahevia Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Taiwan is a problem. It is a problem for China, and that makes it a problem for the United States and for what used to be called “the Free World.” There are two reasons for this. The first is geopolitical; the second is technological, economic, and strategic.

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The Crucial Importance of Taiwan

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

There appear real moral reasons why the United States should do everything it can to protect the independent state of Taiwan diplomatically, politically, and militarily as long as the People’s Republic of China represents a direct threat to American interests directly and globally.

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U.S. Resolve is Taiwan’s Best Defense

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Taiwan has enjoyed the protection of the U.S. defensive umbrella ever since the fall of Nationalist China to Mao’s Communists in 1949. Although the United States ended its mutual defense treaty with Taiwan in 1979, it has continued to deter China from invading Taiwan by selling arms to Taiwan and maintaining the specter of military intervention.

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Strategic Ambiguity and the Defense of Taiwan

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

As with so many foreign policy and national security issues today, the U.S.–Taiwan relationship stems back to World War II and U.S. policy in the post-war period.

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The Taiwan Question

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Dividing the Taiwan question––does or should, and, if so, does America currently possess the wherewithal to help Taiwan successfully repel a Chinese attack––the first needed determination is whether the US should defend Taiwan, and that determination must be made anew every time the question comes up, just as it would be made anew in the hour of decision by any U.S. President and his chosen advisors.

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