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A New Direction for US China Policy

This series has so far been critical of China’s aggressive actions, both geopolitically and geoeconomically. However, China has done much good for which it should be lauded. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has continually promoted Former premier Wen Jiabao’s peaceful rise by refusing strong-arm tactics against Taiwan, not attacking any other South China Sea territory…

China’s Rising Power

Beijing is on the move. China is looking to assume a global Mandate of Heaven in lieu of the faltering U.S.-led international order. Throughout Chinese history, the Mandate of Heaven has bestowed a just ruler of China with governing legitimacy. Chinese political philosophy has been built around this idea since the Zhou Dynasty 3,000 years…

China’s Rise, America’s Fall: The Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Shortcomings

Xi Jinping’s presidency is going very well. Economically, China is booming. Growth continues to plow forward. The Belt Road Initiative is the most ambitious foreign infrastructure investment program in history. Chinese GDP per capita is set to surpass Russia within a couple years and will continue climbing upwards in the foreseeable future. Militarily, the People’s…

Byzantine History, Russian Autocracy, and the West

The West fails to understand President Putin. To distant observers, the rebellion in Crimea and proxy war in the Donbas seem like the immoral actions of a rogue leader. This could not be further from the truth in Moscow. Although politicians and pundits are quick to accuse the Kremlin of ignoring international norms and eroding…

Conflict Between Giants: The Doklam Incident

In a war between China and India, students of international relations would likely argue Beijing’s victory. China’s economic and military power greatly outweighs India’s. Nonetheless, with the mutual disengagement concluding the Doklam Incident, India has gained a victory over its northern rival. Repercussions could potentially ripple outward impacting other territorial disputes in China’s periphery, much…

On US Military Strategy: Lessons from the Meiji Era

The Japanese Empire: Grand Strategy from the Meiji Restoration to the Pacific War By Sarah Paine Cambridge University Press (2017) American grand and operational strategy has been in flux since the end of the Cold War. The unipolar world constantly shifts U.S. priorities and has made warfighting particularly difficult. Professor Sarah Paine, of the U.S.…

US Hegemony Requires the Prevention of Southeast Asia’s Finlandization

The United States is the East Asian hegemon. Since the close of World War II, this hegemony has bestowed the region with general security, explosive economic expansion, and membership in the international liberal order that integrated the region globally. Washington has positive relations with many states in the Western Pacific. Its military remains regionally dominant.…

China’s Subtle Plan for Naval Expansionism

Deng Xiaoping’s “24-Character Strategy” emerged in 1990 in response to the global backlash of Tiananmen Square a year prior. Its subtlety matches its potency: “Observe calmly; secure our position; cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never claim leadership.” China analysts have seen…

The European-Ukrainian Nuclear Mistake

Since the end of the Cold War, Europe has botched several major security crises, from refugees to referenda. Europe’s worst mistake was the nuclear disarmament of Ukraine 23 years ago. It continues to have lasting, negative consequences for European security. In 1991, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine found itself in possession of…

The Argument for American Diplomacy in Central Asia

China’s One Belt, One Road project (OBOR) anticipates revolutionizing trade throughout Asia and parts of Africa. The explicit objectives are prosperity for underdeveloped areas of China, increased connectivity and economic development along Eurasian land and sea routes, greater integration between China and its periphery, and Chinese energy security through import diversification. The project currently comprises…

A New Direction for US China Policy

This series has so far been critical of China’s aggressive actions, both geopolitically and geoeconomically. However, China has done much good for which it should be lauded. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has continually promoted Former premier Wen Jiabao’s peaceful rise by refusing strong-arm tactics against Taiwan, not attacking any other South China Sea territory…

China’s Rising Power

Beijing is on the move. China is looking to assume a global Mandate of Heaven in lieu of the faltering U.S.-led international order. Throughout Chinese history, the Mandate of Heaven has bestowed a just ruler of China with governing legitimacy. Chinese political philosophy has been built around this idea since the Zhou Dynasty 3,000 years…

China’s Rise, America’s Fall: The Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Shortcomings

Xi Jinping’s presidency is going very well. Economically, China is booming. Growth continues to plow forward. The Belt Road Initiative is the most ambitious foreign infrastructure investment program in history. Chinese GDP per capita is set to surpass Russia within a couple years and will continue climbing upwards in the foreseeable future. Militarily, the People’s…

Byzantine History, Russian Autocracy, and the West

The West fails to understand President Putin. To distant observers, the rebellion in Crimea and proxy war in the Donbas seem like the immoral actions of a rogue leader. This could not be further from the truth in Moscow. Although politicians and pundits are quick to accuse the Kremlin of ignoring international norms and eroding…

Conflict Between Giants: The Doklam Incident

In a war between China and India, students of international relations would likely argue Beijing’s victory. China’s economic and military power greatly outweighs India’s. Nonetheless, with the mutual disengagement concluding the Doklam Incident, India has gained a victory over its northern rival. Repercussions could potentially ripple outward impacting other territorial disputes in China’s periphery, much…

On US Military Strategy: Lessons from the Meiji Era

The Japanese Empire: Grand Strategy from the Meiji Restoration to the Pacific War By Sarah Paine Cambridge University Press (2017) American grand and operational strategy has been in flux since the end of the Cold War. The unipolar world constantly shifts U.S. priorities and has made warfighting particularly difficult. Professor Sarah Paine, of the U.S.…

US Hegemony Requires the Prevention of Southeast Asia’s Finlandization

The United States is the East Asian hegemon. Since the close of World War II, this hegemony has bestowed the region with general security, explosive economic expansion, and membership in the international liberal order that integrated the region globally. Washington has positive relations with many states in the Western Pacific. Its military remains regionally dominant.…

China’s Subtle Plan for Naval Expansionism

Deng Xiaoping’s “24-Character Strategy” emerged in 1990 in response to the global backlash of Tiananmen Square a year prior. Its subtlety matches its potency: “Observe calmly; secure our position; cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never claim leadership.” China analysts have seen…

The European-Ukrainian Nuclear Mistake

Since the end of the Cold War, Europe has botched several major security crises, from refugees to referenda. Europe’s worst mistake was the nuclear disarmament of Ukraine 23 years ago. It continues to have lasting, negative consequences for European security. In 1991, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine found itself in possession of…

The Argument for American Diplomacy in Central Asia

China’s One Belt, One Road project (OBOR) anticipates revolutionizing trade throughout Asia and parts of Africa. The explicit objectives are prosperity for underdeveloped areas of China, increased connectivity and economic development along Eurasian land and sea routes, greater integration between China and its periphery, and Chinese energy security through import diversification. The project currently comprises…