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Europe’s Mediterranean Frontier

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Friday, December 27, 2019

The Mediterranean abruptly separates Europe’s civilization from those of Africa and the Middle East. On one side, reaching North to Scandinavia and East to the Bering Strait, some seven hundred million mostly prosperous people live according to principles derived from Judeo-Christianity, Greek philosophy, and Roman law. Their number is shrinking. 

Featured CommentaryAnalysis and CommentaryNational Security

The Wrong Side Of The Pillars Of Hercules: The Mediterranean Just Doesn’t Matter Much Anymore

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Friday, December 27, 2019

The United States is an Atlantic and Pacific power by virtue of geography, strategic necessity, and economic opportunity. A forward defense of the far littorals—Europe and the East-Asian barrier states facing China—is the essential requirement for our security. All else is not only secondary or tertiary, but often an ill-advised and grossly costly drain on our resources.

Background EssayAnalysis and CommentaryNational Security

Is The Mediterranean Still Geo-Strategically Essential?

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Friday, December 27, 2019

The Mediterranean Sea is today, as it has always been, a crossroads. The name itself testifies to that, as it means “the sea in the middle of the earth,” a Latin term reflecting an earlier Greek belief. We know better, or do we? From Syria to Libya and on the high seas, and with outside players including China, Iran, Russia, and the United States, the Mediterranean has re-emerged of late as a cockpit of conflict. 

Stalin at the Tehran Conference in 1943.
In the News

Why Dictators Make Terrible Conversationalists

mentioning Frank Diköttervia Quartz
Friday, December 27, 2019

Dictators are not ideal guests at dinner parties. They shout and pound on the table too much, jostling the wine glasses. They’re always making weird declarations like “Banish napkins” or else ordering children to chisel flattering busts out of radishes. Make one little comment that rubs a dictator the wrong way, and the whole evening can get a little murder-y.


Stalin Did Not Want An Iron Curtain To Descend, Stanford Historian Norman Naimark Says

interview with Norman M. Naimarkvia Stanford News
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Norman Naimark discusses his book Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty, as well as his research on the postwar order in Europe.


Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 of 3)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Civilization: The West and the Rest.

In the News

2019: A Year In Reading

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia National Review
Thursday, December 26, 2019

I recommend Jack Goldsmith’s In Hoffa’s Shadow. Goldsmith, a senior Justice Department official under George W. Bush, got that position only by renouncing his stepfather, Chuckie O’Brien, a longtime aide to Jimmy Hoffa suspected by the FBI of delivering Hoffa to his still mysterious demise.


Andrew Roberts On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 16)

interview with Andrew Robertsvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Robert's book Napoleon: A Life is read/narrated.


House Of Mystery True Crime History: In Hoffa's Shadow By Jack Goldsmith

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia House of Mystery Radio
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his recent book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

Analysis and Commentary

Recalling The Battle Of The Bulge

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Patriot Post
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history. Some 19,000 Americans were killed, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 reported missing.


Military History Working Group

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.