The Dragon Descends Southwards: Chinese Foreign Policy in Latin America Warrants a U.S. Response

Former Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Visits U.S. Southern Command Headquarters in Doral, FL in January 2020. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Defense, Army Staff Sgt. Nicole Mejia This piece is co-authored by Center for Strategic and International Studies Americas Program Senior Fellow, Dr. Ryan C. Berg, and SSP student, Allison Schwartz. In his … Continue reading The Dragon Descends Southwards: Chinese Foreign Policy in Latin America Warrants a U.S. Response

Chinese Authoritarianism Spreads as Xi Jinping Grows More Confident

China has been more aggressive in promoting its form of authoritarianism. How should the United States respond? Photo credit: Christian Lue/Unsplash China met with the United States for the first time during the Biden administration on March 18 in Anchorage, Alaska.  By all accounts, it was set to be a normal affair between the two … Continue reading Chinese Authoritarianism Spreads as Xi Jinping Grows More Confident

India needs Planes, Waivers, and A Little Bit of Patience

Photo Credit: Boeing The Border Clash          On June 15th, 2020, Chinese and Indian forces clashed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) resulting in the deaths of twenty Indian soldiers and at least six members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).[1] This clash, the first border incident between the two nuclear armed powers to lead … Continue reading India needs Planes, Waivers, and A Little Bit of Patience

Arms for Oil: How North Korea and Iran Facilitate Each Other’s Security Strategies

North Korea launches a short-range missile, July 26, 2019. Photo Credit: BBC  The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) have established a relationship that serves both of their security strategies. Their cooperation is a functional means to withstand their mutual economic isolation as well as a threatening move against their … Continue reading Arms for Oil: How North Korea and Iran Facilitate Each Other’s Security Strategies

A Crime to Want Something Different

Sukarno and other leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement. Photo Credit: ResearchGate The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade & The Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World (2020) By Vincent BevinsPublicAffairs, 307 pp., $28.00 As Vincent Bevins points out in his vital and timely new book, The Jakarta Method, it is the winners who write history. … Continue reading A Crime to Want Something Different

Lest We Forget the Uyghurs

Photo Credit: Huseyin Aldemir/Reuters The Chinese Communist Party since 2017 has committed genocide against its Uyghur Muslim citizens in East Turkestan (Xinjiang province). The United States should officially designate this as a genocide and spearhead an international pressure campaign against the Chinese government. With an official designation of genocide, the United States will be able … Continue reading Lest We Forget the Uyghurs

Bringing Clarity to “Ambiguity” on Taiwan

A View of Taipei with the Taipei 101 Skyscraper. Photo by Karson Elmgren. Since Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected as president of Taiwan in January of this year, long-simmering tensions with China across the Taiwan Strait have risen yet again to a near boil. Over the years, the U.S. has repeatedly expressed its strong interest in … Continue reading Bringing Clarity to “Ambiguity” on Taiwan

China’s Coming Crisis and Deliverance

Tiananmen Square. Photo Credit: Anna Liu. A global health emergency surpassing the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2002-2003, COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) now infects more than 75,000 people (as of Wednesday, February 19), with all but around 800 cases inside mainland China.[i] With countries around the world banning travel to and from China, … Continue reading China’s Coming Crisis and Deliverance