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Monday, September 14, 2020

Issue 67

U.S. Troop Deployments in Germany
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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.

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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, November 15, 2018

Issue 55

The Structure of World Power

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by Josef Joffe Thursday, November 15, 2018
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by Seth Cropsey Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Issue 54

Space Force and Warfare in Space

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by John Yoo Monday, October 15, 2018
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Monday, October 15, 2018
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Issue 53

U.S. Engagement with Russia

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by Ralph Peters Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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by Chris Gibson Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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by Robert G. Kaufman Friday, February 15, 2019
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Issue 52

Turkey and the West

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America – Keep Your Eye On The Ball

by CAPT Chris Sharmanvia Real Clear Defense
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

China’s growing self-confidence should worry America. The country just celebrated another day without community spread of the Wuhan flu. Its government also announced plans to lift the two-and-a-half-month quarantine restrictions on the city at the crisis epicenter on April 8th. 

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Why China Must Be Held Accountable For The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

For the sake of morality, political governance, and the future, the world must ensure that the Chinese regime pays for its malfeasance.

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Has The U.S.-China Cold War Now Begun?

by Michael R. Auslinvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, March 27, 2020

Among the biggest victims of the coronavirus pandemic is the fiction of amicable U.S.-China relations. Those ties have been worsening for years, even before President Trump decided to call out Beijing’s predatory behavior starting in 2017. With the crisis now pitting America and China openly against each other, it seems impossible to salvage the old working ties. 

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Michael Auslin: Could Coronavirus Trigger War Between America And China?

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses the coronavirus, China, and the political fallout.

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Beijing Fears COVID-19 Is Turning Point For China, Globalization

by Michael R. Auslinvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

While the world fights the coronavirus pandemic, China is fighting a propaganda war. Beijing’s war aim is simple: shift away from China all blame for the outbreak, the botched initial response, and its early spread into the broader world. At stake is China’s global reputation, as well as the potential of a fundamental shift away from China for trade and manufacturing. 

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China Boomeranging

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Its bad behavior in the wake of COVID-19 will leave it in its weakest global position in memory. And the U.S. will emerge stronger.

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The Coronavirus Is A Stress Test For Xi Jinping

by Elizabeth Economyvia Foreign Affairs
Monday, February 10, 2020

[Subscription Required] On February 4, Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the United States, prepared to address an audience of students, scholars, and businesspeople in San Diego, California. Before the ambassador could speak, a young Chinese man stood up and yelled, “Xi Jinping, step down!” Security quickly whisked the man away, and the event went on.

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From Washington To Wuhan, All Eyes Are On Xi

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 7, 2020

China’s leader knows that his reputation for competence is on the line.

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How Important Is the Mediterranean in American Strategic Thinking?

by Bing Westvia Strategika
Friday, January 10, 2020

In posing this question, the Hoover Institution advanced both a major and a minor subject. The major issue is defining what passes as strategic thinking in America; the minor subject is the role of the Mediterranean within that context.

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China in the Mediterranean and Implications for the United States and Europe

by Nadia Schadlow via Strategika
Friday, January 10, 2020

Two decades ago, the strategist Mac Owens wrote a seminal essay on classical geopolitics. He described geopolitics as “the study of the political and strategic relevance of geography to the pursuit of international power,” adding that it involved the control of spatial areas that have an impact on the security and prosperity of nations. 

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