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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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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

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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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 Barry Strauss Thursday, January 17, 2019
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by Bing West Thursday, January 17, 2019
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China Owns Our Foreign Policy Chiefs

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The suicidal Democrat tradition of self-loathing and talking big.

Strategika Issue 71: Domestic Dissent And U.S. Foreign Relations

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Strategika Issue 71 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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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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by H. R. McMastervia BBC
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Former United States National Security Advisor McMaster calls for consideration.

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Better Together: Finding Strength In Unity

by General Jim Mattisvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Overcoming divisions within our nation begins with embracing the principles that help us achieve common ground, improve our country, and pass along our freedoms to the next generation.

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America’s Protests and the CCP’s Dogma of Inevitability

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

America’s violent protests in the summer of 2020 have impacted how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) re-calculates the geopolitical power balance and strategic risk of a head-on confrontation between it and the presumably weakened United States, and enlivened the communist government’s ideological impulses against the international capitalist system.

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Deterrence, Riots, and Education

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Deterrence is a tricky business because it all occurs in the minds of adversaries, forming fears that inhibit action. In 1977, while working in South Korea in a last-minute attempt to find quick ways of improving the country’s remarkably retrograde ground forces (President Jimmy Carter wanted to withdraw U.S. troops quickly, as Presidential Review Memorandum #13 prescribed), I kept wondering why North Korea had made no attempt to exploit the Fall of Saigon opportunity of April 30, 1975.

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Domestic Disorder and International Credibility

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020 at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer triggered allegations that his fate exposed a much broader problem of racism in American law enforcement and American society more generally. As this interpretation spread across old and new media, protests and riots erupted across the urban landscape, spearheaded by the movement Black Lives Matter.

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Strategika Issue 70: The U.S.–Russia Relationship

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Strategika Issue 70 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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Chinese and Russian Information Warfare in the Age of COVID-19

by Zafiris Rossidisvia Strategika
Thursday, January 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled a new form of rivalry among countries that some have compared to that of the Cold War. The similarities are undeniable. However, there is a striking difference: In the time of the coronavirus, international rivalry has become a daily matter.

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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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