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Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict

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War: Then and Now

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Monday, November 10, 2014

Once again, the American public has gotten it right; the results of the midterm elections were a protest against a lack of leadership. Americans expect to improve steadily their standard of living at home and to preserve our influence abroad. At home, eight years of sluggish growth and stagnant wages have irritated and concerned the public. Abroad, America is losing influence.

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Japan’s Pivotal Position

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Monday, November 10, 2014

If underlying geopolitical factors are the overriding cause of the recent decline in relations between China and Japan, then the current trajectory is likely to persist, for there is little reason to believe that those factors will change.

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The Main Obstacle

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Monday, November 10, 2014

As in previous millennia of history, China’s objective for its periphery—the East Asia/Western Pacific region—is subordination of some kind or degree. Japan, being the only indigenous major power in the region, and allied formally with the United States (Russia having ceased to be an Asian power), is the main obstacle to that desired suzerainty.

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Chinese-Japanese Tensions and Its Strategic Logic

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Monday, November 10, 2014

The recent tensions between China and Japan are threatening to bring the world’s top three economies—the United States, China, and Japan—into a major armed confrontation.

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The Trajectory of North Pacific Tensions

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Monday, November 10, 2014

Korea is the ever-sharpening focus of the growing tensions between China and Japan because moving Korea out of the security alliance led by the U.S. and Japan is the proximate objective of China’s grand design for the North Pacific.

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War Without Strategy

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Forty-three percent of voters ranked the economy as the top issue in the 2014 midterm election, versus 15% who cited foreign policy. Yet 62% said they were very concerned about terrorism, the largest percentage polled since 2007, before the war turned around in Iraq. So why is the public both concerned and yet not concerned?

 
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Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (31:55)

interview with Kori Schakevia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Research Fellow Kori Schake discusses the fight against ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.

Global Puzzle Pieces
Analysis and Commentary

The Perils of Limiting Our Wars

by Kori Schakevia War on the Rocks
Thursday, October 16, 2014

President Obama has been vague about many aspects of this most recent American involvement in the Middle East, but he has been absolutely clear about one thing: only the military forces of the countries under siege by the Islamic State can defeat the Islamic State. Numerous supporters of the president’s strategy keep repeating this mantra.  When did we start believing that?

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Victor Davis Hanson on Opinion Journal

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses why the President’s foreign policy has failed and the next President's challenges on Opinion Journal.

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Analysis and Commentary

How to Squander Home-Field Advantage

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This is what our coalition has come to. The Obama White House is anonymously criticizing the government of Turkey for failing to support our war effort: "This isn't how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone's throw from their border."

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Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
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Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow
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Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
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The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts. 


As the very name of Hoover Institution attests, military history lies at the very core of our dedication to the study of "War, Revolution, and Peace." Indeed, the precise mission statement of the Hoover Institution includes the following promise: "The overall mission of this Institution is, from its records, to recall the voice of experience against the making of war, and by the study of these records and their publication, to recall man's endeavors to make and preserve peace, and to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life." From its origins as a library and archive, the Hoover Institution has evolved into one of the foremost research centers in the world for policy formation and pragmatic analysis. It is with this tradition in mind, that the "Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict" has set its agenda—reaffirming the Hoover Institution's dedication to historical research in light of contemporary challenges, and in particular, reinvigorating the national study of military history as an asset to foster and enhance our national security. By bringing together a diverse group of distinguished military historians, security analysts, and military veterans and practitioners, the working group seeks to examine the conflicts of the past as critical lessons for the present.

Victor Davis Hanson on War in the Contemporary World — WATCH

The careful study of military history offers a way of analyzing modern war and peace that is often underappreciated in this age of technological determinism. Yet the result leads to a more in-depth and dispassionate understanding of contemporary wars, one that explains how particular military successes and failures of the past can be often germane, sometimes misunderstood, or occasionally irrelevant in the context of the present.

The working group is chaired by Victor Davis Hanson with counsel from Bruce S. Thornton and David L. Berkey, along with collaboration form the group’s distinguished scholars, military historians, analysts, journalists, and military officers.