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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.

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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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