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Hoover Institution: Strategika Podcast

Hoover Institution: Strategika Podcast

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A podcast series 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.


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The Iran Time Bomb with Kori Schake


Mon, Oct 17, 2016


Kori Schake explains why the long-term destabilizing effects of the Iran deal likely offset its short-term benefits, and gives advice on how the next president should handle the potential danger.

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Empowering Iran: The Weaknesses Of The Nuclear Deal With Tom Donnelly


Mon, Oct 17, 2016


Tom Donnelly describes how the U.S.'s nuclear deal with Iran opened for the door for the regime in Tehran to strengthen its position in the region and the world.

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The Legacy of 9/11


Wed, Sep 7, 2016


On the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Peter Mansoor reflects on America's subsequent war on terrorism ... And on what must be done to ultimately emerge victorious.

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Underestimating Our Enemies, with Ralph Peters


Wed, Sep 7, 2016


Ralph Peters warns that the willpower and resolve of Islamic terrorists counterbalance's the West’s material and financial advantages.

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Terrorism, in Perspective, with Williamson Murray


Wed, Sep 7, 2016


Military and diplomatic historian Williamson Murray explains why terrorist attacks on the West have grown smaller in scope since 9/11 — but warns of nightmare scenarios that may still remain on the horizon.

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Military Readiness in an Age of Uncertainty with Thomas Donnelly


Sun, May 22, 2016


Tom Donnelly lays out the first principles of military readiness and analyzes whether America is prepared for the foreign policy challenges ahead.

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Military Readiness: The Admiral’s Perspective with James Ellis


Tue, May 17, 2016


Admiral James Ellis describes the principles that are needed to keep America secure at a time of geopolitical uncertainty.

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Iran: The Fork in the Road with Kori Schake


Fri, Apr 15, 2016


Kori Schake examines the variables that will determine whether the nuclear deal with Iran pushes the country towards radicalism or reconciliation.

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The Threat from Iran with Angelo Codevilla


Fri, Apr 15, 2016


Angelo Codevilla examines the fallout from the Iranian nuclear deal and predicts how it will affect America national security in the future.

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Understanding ISIS with Mark Moyar


Fri, Feb 26, 2016


Mark Moyar looks at how ISIS fits into the broader history of terrorism, and examines what it’s ambitions for a caliphate mean for American national security.

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ISIS and Islam with Raymond Ibrahim


Fri, Feb 26, 2016


Raymond Ibrahim explains how Islamic history and theology have influenced the development of ISIS.

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Why Arms Control Agreements Are Superfluous, with Angelo Codevilla


Wed, Sep 9, 2015


Angelo Codevilla argues that arms control agreements have little practical worth and that the recent agreement with Iran will actually aid Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

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Can the United States Restrain Iran? with Walter Russell Mead


Wed, Sep 9, 2015


Walter Russell Mead analyzes the strategic calculations underlying the nuclear deal for both President Obama and the Iranian regime.

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Arms Control, Ancient and Modern with Barry Strauss


Wed, Sep 9, 2015


Barry Strauss examines the historical track record of arms control agreements and what it means for America’s nuclear deal with Iran.

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Cultural Decline and the Military with Andrew Roberts


Fri, Aug 14, 2015


Andrew Roberts considers the implications of military policies that increasingly value political correctness over the ability to fight and win wars.

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How the Military Has Resisted Political Correctness, with Thomas Donnelly


Thu, Aug 13, 2015


Thomas Donnelly looks at how the U.S. military has made progress on race, gender, and sexual orientation without succumbing to the temptations of political correctness.

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A History of Violence: The Changing Face of Warfare, with Thomas Donnelly


Thu, Jun 25, 2015


Thomas Donnelly explains why the United States thought it could use technology as a substitute for military manpower — and how the effort came up short.

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The Relentless Innovators: The Military’s Culture of Excellence with Bing West


Thu, Jun 25, 2015


Bing West explains how the American military’s history of self-criticism has been a key ingredient in its continued success — and how political and economic factors threaten to upend that dynamic.

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The Once and Future Alliance” with Peter Mansoor


Wed, May 27, 2015


Military historian Peter Mansoor explains the historical trajectory of NATO, how it adjusted after the demise of the Soviet Union, and why it will survive the current threats from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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Will the West Still Fight? with Josef Joffe


Wed, May 27, 2015


Josef Joffe examines the decline in America’s willingness to preserve global order, the erosion of warrior culture in Europe, and what they mean for the future of international security.

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An Abundant Energy Future? with Walter Russell Mead


Wed, Apr 1, 2015


Walter Russell Mead looks at the economic and strategic ramifications of the growth in US energy production.

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More Energy, Fewer Problems? with Williamson Murray


Wed, Apr 1, 2015


Williamson Murray reflects on what the surge in US energy production will mean for US relations with Russia and the Middle East.

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Energy Resources: A Curse or a Blessing? with Kori Schake


Tue, Mar 31, 2015


Kori Schake looks at what the flowering of US energy resources means for the United States, the Middle East, Russia, and Venezuela.

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How to Combat Putin with Paul Gregory


Tue, Mar 17, 2015


Paul Gregory looks at the economic, diplomatic, and military options that the West can pursue to arrest Vladimir Putin?s aggression.

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Understanding Putin with Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson
Fri, Mar 13, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the motivations behind Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, chronicles the shortcomings of the US response, and considers whether NATO is up to the challenge of an expansionist Moscow.

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America’s Ambiguous Russia Policy with Angelo Codevilla

Angelo Codevilla
Fri, Mar 13, 2015


Angelo Codevilla chronicles the history of America’s uncertain posture toward Russia and Ukraine, analyzes the scope of Vladimir Putin’s ambition, and proposes a Western policy response to deter further aggression from Moscow.

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Undermining the Islamist Ideology with Col. Joseph Felter


Fri, Jan 9, 2015


Retired colonel Joseph Felter argues that Western efforts to combat the scourge of radical Islam have focused too much on symptoms and not enough on root causes.

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Understanding the Threat from Radical Islam with Joshua Muravchik


Fri, Jan 9, 2015


Joshua Muravchik explains why radical Islam can’t be combated without a clearer understanding of its underlying principles.

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China and Japan: A Tense Equilibrium with Mark Moyar


Tue, Nov 25, 2014


The Joint Special Operations University’s Mark Moyar describes a hostile but stable relationship between Japan and China—and examines what the United States can do to keep the peace.

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Chinese-Japanese Tensions with Miles Maochun Yu


Tue, Nov 25, 2014


The Joint Special Operations University’s Mark Moyar describes a hostile but stable relationship between Japan and China—and examines what the United States can do to keep the peace.

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What China Really Wants with Angelo Codevilla


Tue, Nov 25, 2014


Angelo Codevilla explains the strategic ambitions of China and what it means for the futures of Japan and the United States. (Playing time: 14:51)

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Reasons for Hope: How Arab Countries Can Advance the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


Kori Schake examines why previous efforts to stem fighting between Israelis and Palestinians have failed, how the trend could be reversed, and what challenges continue to face would-be peacemakers.

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Mowing the Grass: Why Half-Measures Won't Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


Thomas Henriksen looks to Israeli history for lessons about how insurgent efforts in Gaza can be snuffed out and how the region can move closer to peace.

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The Long Conflict: Why the Israeli-Palestinian Question Won?t Be Settled Anytime Soon


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


Historian Andrew Roberts analyzes the Israel-Palestinian conflict in the context of other prolonged struggles throughout world history and explains why an unhappy equilibrium is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

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The Quest for a Caliphate with Edward Luttwak


Wed, Oct 1, 2014


Edward Luttwak of the Hoover Institution's Military History Working Group describes the historical context behind ISIS's desire to establish a caliphate and explains its implications for Western policy makers.

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How to Defeat ISIS with Peter Mansoor


Wed, Sep 3, 2014


Now that ISIS controls parts of Syria and Iraq, what can be done to prevent the expansion of its power in the Middle East? How much of a threat does it present to the West? How should the United States respond? Hoover's Peter Mansoor provides his analysis.

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Can ISIS Govern? with Mark Moyar


Wed, Sep 3, 2014


The terror group ISIS wants to establish a caliphate. But can they govern conquered territory without turning local populations against them? Hoover's Mark Moyar provides his analysis.

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Planning for Defeat with Kiron Skinner


Fri, Aug 15, 2014


Kiron Skinner examines how the Obama administration's cuts to military spending will affect America's role in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

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Fighting to Win with Angelo Codevilla


Fri, Aug 15, 2014


Angelo Codevilla looks to ancient Greece and Rome to understand what influence cuts to the US military will have on the future of American strategy.

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A World of Nuclear Instability with Josiah Bunting III


Wed, Jul 30, 2014


Josiah Bunting III explains why we haven't seen nuclear weapons used since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nearly seventy years ago and why we shouldn?t expect another seven decades of nuclear forbearance.

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A Brief History of Nuclear Weapons with Josef Joffe


Wed, Jul 30, 2014


Josef Joffe presents three categories of nuclear states, all with different sets of motivations and examines why major nations such as Japan, South Korea, and Germany have avoided the nuclear temptation.

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The Nuclear Future with Williamson Murray


Fri, Jul 18, 2014


Williamson Murray examines the prospects for nuclear proliferation in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and considers the implications for global security.

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A History of Surprise: War and Unpredictability with Andrew Roberts


Tue, Jun 10, 2014


Andrew Roberts looks at how predictions of the effect of technology on warfare have constantly come up short - and what the implications are for modern Western powers.

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The More Wars Change, the More They Stay the Same with Peter Mansoor


Tue, Jun 10, 2014


Peter Mansoor argues that innovations such as drones, cyberwarfare, and satellites aren't the game-changers they're often made out to be ? and contends that there could be dire consequences if their proponents fail to realize their limitations.

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The Wars of the Future with Fred Kagan


Tue, Jun 10, 2014


Fred Kagan analyzes whether advances in military technology will upend the way we fight wars or simply conform to preexisting dynamics of armed conflict.

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Vladimir Putin, Murderer of Myths with Ralph Peters


Mon, May 12, 2014


Ralph Peters analyzes Vladimir Putin's recent aggression towards Ukraine and explains how the Russian president's actions fly in the face of many of the most cherished beliefs of western policy leaders.

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A Better Way in Afghanistan with Bing West


Thu, May 8, 2014


Bing West looks at the failures of American strategy during the war in Afghanistan ? from nation-building and counterinsurgency to efforts to defeat the Taliban ? and provides recommendations for what can be done to avert total disaster in the country.

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Understanding Ukraine with Kori Schake


Thu, May 8, 2014


Kori Schake explains how the history of Ukraine informs the current impasse with Russia, how the present conflict is likely to play out, and what the implications are for the future.

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Vladimir Putin's Ambitions with Thomas Donnelly


Thu, May 8, 2014


Thomas Donnelly explains why resisting Russian expansion into Ukraine is an American security interest, examines whether Vladimir Putin's ambitions will continue to grow, and makes recommendations for an American response.

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Israel and the Arab Turmoil, with Itamar Rabinovich


Tue, Apr 22, 2014


Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Itamar Rabinovich provides a guided tour of the threats facing Israel from throughout the Middle East.

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The Perils of Abandoning Afghanistan with Kimberly Kagan


Tue, Apr 15, 2014


The Institute for the Study of Wars Kimberly Kagan examines the problems that could emanate from a premature US departure from Afghanistan.

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Can China Be a Cooperative Power? with Ian Morris


Wed, Apr 9, 2014


Ian Morris looks at which variables may determine whether China is aggressive or peaceful in the future.

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What's Good Enough in Afghanistan? with Joe Felter


Tue, Apr 8, 2014


Retired Colonel Joseph Felter explains the problems facing America in Afghanistan and what the United States can do to address them.

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The Implications of Chinese History with Edward Luttwak


Tue, Apr 8, 2014


Edward Luttwak explains how Chinese history should color our perceptions of that nation's modern ambitions.

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Is Failure in Afghanistan Inevitable? with Max Boot


Tue, Apr 8, 2014


Max Boot looks at Afghanistan?s history as the ?graveyard of empires? and considers whether America still stands a chance of succeeding there.

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Can America Manage China's Rise? with Gary Roughead


Tue, Apr 8, 2014


Retired Admiral Gary Roughead looks at America?s options to keep the rise of China from causing global instability.

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Drones: Something Less Than a Revolution, with Mark Moyar


Wed, Dec 31, 1969


Mark Moyar on why drones are a less significant development than their proponents imagine. (Playing time: 12:05)

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Drones . . . in Context, with Thomas Donnelly


Wed, Dec 31, 1969


Thomas Donnelly discusses the significance of drones within the historical context of advancements in airpower. (Playing time: 15:39)

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Turkey at the Crossroads with Barry Strauss


Thu, Dec 12, 2013


Barry Strauss discusses recent events in Turkey and what they mean for the country?s future and for its standing in international affairs.

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The Case for Optimism in Turkey with Williamson Murray


Thu, Dec 12, 2013


Williamson Murray on why Turkey's prominent role in the Middle East will actually redound to America's benefit.

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Russia, the United States, and the Middle East with Kiron Skinner


Mon, Nov 25, 2013


Kiron Skinner discusses how the relationship between the United States and Russia bears on the future of foreign policy in the Middle East.

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Russia and the United States-the Role of National Character with Ralph Peters


Fri, Nov 22, 2013


Ralph Peters discusses how cultural sensibilities have shaped Russia's posture in international relations and explain Vladimir Putin?s leadership style.

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Russia and the United States - A historical Relationship


Wed, Nov 20, 2013


Edward Luttwak examines the unusual dynamics of US-Russian relations and how they could change in the future.

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The Decline of Europe’s Military Might by Andrew Roberts


Mon, Oct 28, 2013


Andrew Roberts discusses Europe’s flagging commitment to NATO, the potential threat from Russia, and what, if anything, the United States can do to arrest the decline. (Playing time: 13:23)

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Where Have Europe's Warriors Gone? by Josef Joffe


Sat, Oct 26, 2013


Josef Joffe describes how Europe lost the fighting spirit, whether it can get it back, and why the United States hasn't suffered a similar fate. (Playing time: 15:59)

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What’s Ailing Europe by Angelo Codevilla


Tue, Oct 22, 2013


Angelo Codevilla on how Europe has transformed from a dominant geopolitical force in the wake of World War II into a militarily weak region. (Playing time: 15:18)

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Greetings, Americans: Understanding North Korea


Thu, Aug 22, 2013


The American Enterprise Institute's Thomas Donnelly examines what North Korea hopes to gain through its nuclear weapons program.

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All Eyes On North Korea


Thu, Aug 22, 2013


Cornell University professor Barry S. Strauss examines how North Korea's history influences its modern strategic calculations.

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Peter Mansoor: Al-Qaeda's Aims


Mon, Jul 29, 2013


Peter Mansoor argues that radical Islamists are driven by the desire for a new caliphate and that their tactics make realizing that goal impossible. (Playing time: 10:10)

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Josef Joffe: Jihadi Terrorism’s Moving Targets


Mon, Jul 29, 2013


Josef Joffe contends that the desires of radical Islamists can’t be understood within the context of conventional, politically motivated terrorism. (Playing time: 10:52)

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Max Boot: What do the Islamists Want?


Tue, Jul 16, 2013


The Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot looks at historical lessons in understanding the motivations behind radical Islam. (Playing time: 14:31)

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Victor Davis Hanson on Strategika


Fri, Jun 14, 2013


Hoover senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses a new 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. (Playing time: 15:56)

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