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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.”

Featured Commentary

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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Friday, September 24, 2021

Issue 75

America After Afghanistan

Background Essay

by Ralph Peters Friday, September 24, 2021
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Featured Commentary

by Peter R. Mansoor Friday, September 24, 2021
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by Josef Joffe Friday, September 24, 2021
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Related Commentary

by Angelo M. Codevilla Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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by Victor Davis Hanson Sunday, September 19, 2021
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interview with Victor Davis Hanson, H. R. McMaster Monday, September 20, 2021
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by Bruce Thornton Monday, August 16, 2021
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by Bing West Thursday, August 26, 2021
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by Ambassador Paul Wolfowitz Monday, September 27, 2021
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Monday, August 2, 2021

Issue 74

The Prospects of a New Iran Deal

Background Essay

by Peter R. Mansoor Monday, August 2, 2021
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Featured Commentary

by Edward N. Luttwak Monday, August 2, 2021
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by Hy Rothstein Monday, August 2, 2021
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Related Commentary

by Seth Cropsey Monday, August 2, 2021
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by Chris Gibson Monday, August 2, 2021
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by Josef Joffe Monday, August 2, 2021
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by Robert G. Kaufman Monday, August 2, 2021
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by Ralph Peters Monday, August 2, 2021
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by Zafiris Rossidis Monday, August 2, 2021
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by Barry Strauss Monday, August 2, 2021
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by John Yoo Monday, August 2, 2021
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Issue 73

U.S. Defense of Taiwan

Background Essay

by Ian Easton Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Featured Commentary

by Joseph Felter Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Admiral Gary Roughead Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Related Commentary

by Gordon G. Chang Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Seth Cropsey Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Edward N. Luttwak Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Peter R. Mansoor Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Mark Moyar Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Williamson Murray Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Paul Rahe Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Andrew Roberts Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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by Miles Maochun Yu Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Issue 72

Chinese Communist Party Propaganda

Background Essay

by Miles Maochun Yu Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Featured Commentary

by Gordon G. Chang Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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by Christopher R. O'Dea Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Related Commentary

by Bruce Thornton Tuesday, March 23, 2021
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by Glenn Tiffert, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, Vanessa Molter, John Pomfret Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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Related Commentary

The ‘Forever War’ Hasn’t Ended

by Ambassador Paul Wolfowitzvia Strategika
Monday, September 27, 2021

Thursday’s attacks were a reminder that ‘the enemy always gets a vote.’ With the Afghanistan pullout, the long war against jihadists has become more daunting.

Strategika

Strategika Issue 75: America After Afghanistan

via Strategika
Friday, September 24, 2021

Strategika Issue 75 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.

Featured Commentary

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. 

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.”

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.”

Related Commentary

A Lost War: A Conversation With Victor Davis Hanson And H. R. McMaster On Afghanistan’s Past, Present, And Future

interview with Victor Davis Hanson, H. R. McMastervia Strategika
Monday, September 20, 2021

In this frank, no-holds-barred conversation, General H. R. McMaster and Victor Davis Hanson discuss the United States’ mission in Afghanistan: how it began, how it was conducted, and its ignominious end. 

Related Commentary

The Afghanistization Of America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 19, 2021

We are doing our best to become a Third-World country of incompetency, constitutional erosion, a fractious and politicized military elite, and racially and ethnically obsessed warring tribes.

Related Commentary

Who Will Trust Us after Afghanistan?

by Bing Westvia Strategika
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Our disaster in brief.

Related Commentary

Graveyard of Narratives

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Afghanistan, et al., for the record

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Fleeing Afghanistan

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, August 16, 2021

The worst possible message to our enemies across the world.

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