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Friday, June 3, 2022

Issue 79

Border Security
Background Essay
Background Essay

Borders and National Security

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Friday, June 3, 2022

Attempts to address complex issues through an analysis of the past invariably run into the reality that history at best provides Delphic answers. Not surprisingly, an examination of the above question provides no simple answer or conclusion. In the end, it is also a matter of where one sits and the context of the time.

Featured Commentary
Featured Commentary

National Insecurity at the Border

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Friday, June 3, 2022

The blessings of geography, in the form of two vast oceans and two placid next-door neighbors, have shielded the American homeland from external attack for nearly the entirety of the past two centuries. For this reason, Americans have tended to view national security as something that takes place overseas.

Featured Commentary

The Erosion of Border Control and Its Threat to National Sovereignty

by Nadia Schadlowvia Strategika
Friday, June 3, 2022

The disaster unfolding on America’s southern border since 2020 is both a humanitarian tragedy and a threat to our national security. Hundreds of migrants have died while trying to cross the border, and federal agents have apprehended tens of thousands of unaccompanied children.

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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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Featured Commentary

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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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Issue 56

The Defense of Europe

Background Essay

by Angelo M. Codevilla Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Featured Commentary

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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Xerxes Made Us Do It: Iran, the Biden Administration, and Mid-East Instability

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

Americans obsess over means, while our enemies focus on purpose. American decision-makers and their paladins focus so intently on the practical requirements of an Iranian nuclear weapon that we forget to ask why this Persian-majority state wants one, thus obscuring simultaneous Iranian initiatives designed to achieve the same strategic ends through other means.

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Revisiting Past Mistakes: A Revival of the Iranian Nuclear Deal

by Robert G. Kaufmanvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

Samuel Johnson described a second marriage as a triumph of hope over experience. This adage sums up the Biden administration’s determination to revive Obama’s dangerous doctrine in the Middle East that failed dismally the first time around. Worse, this reprise of past mistakes threatens to undo the significant though provisional progress the Trump administration achieved in the region by doing exactly the opposite of its predecessor.

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Will Biden’s Outreach to Iran Increase or Erode Middle East Stability?

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

Barack Obama’s tilt toward Tehran and away from Israel-cum-Arabs was as imprudent as Joe Biden’s tilt II promises to be now. First, it is bad realpolitik. As housekeeper of the global order, the U.S. will not thrive by bandwagoning with the local would-be hegemon, in this case Iran. The task is exactly the opposite: to corral local powers into a coalition balancing against Iran.

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The Path Forward with Iran

by Chris Gibson via Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

We are half a year into the new Biden administration, but the complexity and frustration surrounding U.S. policy towards Iran that have vexed earlier administrations are already readily apparent.

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Destabilizing Detente

by Seth Cropseyvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

Renewed detente with Iran will undermine Near Eastern stability. Iran is more secure than it was in 2016. Despite the damage economic sanctions have done, Iran has escalated its campaign in the Levant, continued its pressure in Yemen, and more recently signed an economic agreement with China that will insulate it from the worst of renewed American punishment if it is found in breach of a new nuclear deal.

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Can U.S.-Iranian Relations Be Remade?

by Hy Rothsteinvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

The Biden administration is taking steps to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the JCPOA, and lift sanctions imposed by the Trump administration that are inconsistent with the accord. The new administration also assumes that a resurrected JCPOA will be the basis for future agreements to address other areas of concern, including Iran’s ballistic missile program and actions through its proxies that destabilize the Middle East.

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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.

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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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