Strategika Issue 55 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.
by Josef Joffe via Strategika
A monopoly obtains when one firm is free to set prices and output while keeping ambitious newcomers out of the market. The best example is Standard Oil in the late 19th century. Ruthlessly undercutting competitors, the company ended up controlling 90 percent of refined oil flows in the United States. The United States never had that kind of overweening power in the international “market.” It may have come close to unipolarity in the 1990s when its mortal rival, the Soviet Union, had committed suicide. Yet the contemporary world is no longer unipolar. Neither is it bi- or multipolar.
by Nadia Schadlow via Strategika
By traditional measures—military strength, economic wealth, population size—the United States remains the world’s preeminent superpower. Its economy continues to expand; it deploys the largest military in the world; it is home to a growing population; and American laws and capital flows encourage a vibrant ecosystem for innovation.
By Gordon G. Chang
A Wobbling Goliath
By Giselle Donnelly
A Different Path to Global Stability
By Chris Gibson
Regional Bipolarity, The New Global Model
By Ralph Peters
America on Top
By Miles Maochun Yu
Victor Davis Hanson: US Strategy On China, Great Powers
By Victor Davis Hanson
Read the full issue here.