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Military Pageantry at the Royal Wedding

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Monday, May 21, 2018

Although Prince Harry’s marriage last week to Ms. Meghan Markle was not a military occasion, the groom and best man wore uniform and more than 250 servicemen from units with storied military histories took part, so I think it’s acceptable to report on it for Military History in the News.

In the News

Ambassador Michael McFaul: A Brief History Of Russia

featuring Michael McFaulvia Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union 27 years ago, Russia has been both a central figure in our foreign relations and a surprise actor in our domestic politics. Given the unprecedented attention paid to our Cold War foe, how did we get here?
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Indian Military Truths

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Military history has been much in the news in India this month because it was twisted by Narenda Modi, the Prime Minister and leader of the ultra-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, in a blatant attempt to besmirch his great rival, the Congress Party. Campaigning in Karnataka in the south-west of India, Mr. Modi declared, “In 1948 we won the war against Pakistan under General [Kodendera Subayya] Thimayya’s leadership. 

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Office Hours: Victor Davis Hanson On The Importance of NATO

by Victor Davis Hansonvia PolicyEd.org
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson responds to your questions related to the importance of NATO.

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Defending the Nation With Secretary of Defense James Mattis

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 14, 2018

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis discusses the issues facing the United States Armed Forces at home and around the globe.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Uncommon Knowledge
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Defending The Nation With Secretary Of Defense James Mattis

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 14, 2018

In his first televised interview in almost a year, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss a wide range of issues facing the United States Armed Forces at home and across the globe.

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Area 45: Iran Nuclear Deal – The Aftermath Of Withdrawing

interview with Abbas Milanivia Area 45
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Abbas Milani explains how the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal affects both the politics of Iran and the Middle East region.

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Through The Minefield To Victory

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Somewhere that military history is constantly in the news—or at least in the newspapers—is in the obituaries of old soldiers. With the generation who comprised the generals and colonels from World War II now almost completely gone, it is the officers from later conflicts who tend to feature now. In the London Times last week, the death notice of Colonel John Cormack, a mining expert who won the Military Cross in the King’s Royal Irish Hussars in the Korean War, reminds us that that conflict never formally ended with a peace treaty, but only sputtered out with an armistice.

Analysis and Commentary

Murphy On National Defense As A Justification For Tariffs

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, May 7, 2018

Even Adam Smith recognized national security as a possible justification for tariffs on strategically important commodities. But is it a good justification for tariffs on steel and aluminum in the 21st century when the United States has many potential sources of those two items? This month's Feature Article author, Jon Murphy, a fan of Adam Smith, says no.

Analysis and Commentary

An Ancient Trap Awaits China And US

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, May 7, 2018

A hundred years ago, World War I was entering its final phase. No one in either Berlin or London had set out to expend so vast a quantity of blood and treasure on four years of industrialized slaughter. As I argued 20 years ago in “The Pity of War,” World War I was perhaps the greatest error of modern history.

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