Assessing China’s Intentions at Sea

The Chinese carrier Liaoning at sea. Photo Credit: CGTN. Many Americans have assumed that China’s development of a carrier fleet is the precursor to Chinese aggression throughout East Asia. However, this view is built on a Western, Mahanian concept of sea power. It is entirely plausible that China’s current carrier fleet, and its navy more … Continue reading Assessing China’s Intentions at Sea

Another Tool in the Toolbox: Using Intermediate-Range Missiles to Counter Chinese A2/AD in the Pacific

The Defense Department conducts a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif. Photo Credit: Department of Defense/ Scott Howe. On August 2nd, the State Department issued a press release confirming the withdrawal of the United States from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.[i] Initially signed by President Ronald Reagan … Continue reading Another Tool in the Toolbox: Using Intermediate-Range Missiles to Counter Chinese A2/AD in the Pacific

Taiwan’s Allies Dropping Like Flies

Taiwan President Tsai Yingwen shakes hands with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons. Taiwan faced two consecutive diplomatic blows in the past month when the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, two Pacific island nations, broke diplomatic ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing. Kiribati was the seventh diplomatic ally to cut ties … Continue reading Taiwan’s Allies Dropping Like Flies

Chinese Military Diplomacy: The PLA’s Role in Beijing’s Global Outlook

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with a PLA soldier at Vostok 2018. Photo Credit: Kremlin. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) seeks to defend the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and enforce Beijing’s territorial claims and sovereignty to advance the country’s national interests. The PLA’s focus on these mandates primarily revolves around its warfighting activities, but China … Continue reading Chinese Military Diplomacy: The PLA’s Role in Beijing’s Global Outlook

Beijing-Moscow Relations Will Cool As the Arctic Heats Up

President Putin and President Xi. Photo Credit: AP By: Ezra Shapiro, Columnist In recent years, Russia and China’s growing collaboration on energy and shipping projects in the Arctic has caused some consternation among U.S policymakers. Despite the countries’ current cooperation, Moscow and Beijing’s long-term ambitions are fundamentally at odds with each other. Russia places a … Continue reading Beijing-Moscow Relations Will Cool As the Arctic Heats Up

REPORT: Democratization in Taiwan

Kristen Looney, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Government at Georgetown moderates the event panel. Photo Credit: Olivia Letts By Olivia Letts, Reporter Today, Taiwan is one of the highest-ranked nations in the world across several freedom indices. It has achieved this feat after a long history of internal difficulties and a period of strict … Continue reading REPORT: Democratization in Taiwan

Rethinking the IMF to Counterbalance Chinese Debt Traps

Photo By: Getty Images By: Hamad Abbas, Columnist In recent years, China has strategically used its lending practices for coercive influence in the Indo-Pacific. The United States should approach countering Chinese debt-trap diplomacy through encouraging the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to improve its lending practices. For instance, China has used loans to coerce its neighbors … Continue reading Rethinking the IMF to Counterbalance Chinese Debt Traps

China’s Spreading Arctic Interests

The Xue Long (Snow Dragon). Photo Credit: International Polar Foundation By: Ezra Shapiro, Columnist  Over the past two decades, and particularly in the last five years, China has steadily expanded its footprint in the Arctic. Receding sea ice is unlocking the region’s economic and geostrategic potential, opening the door to resource, trade and security advantages … Continue reading China’s Spreading Arctic Interests

How to Stop the Insurgency in Southern Thailand

Thai soldiers in Pattani in 2011. Photo Credit: AFP  By: Yuri Neves, Columnist For decades, Thailand has been experiencing an insurgency in its three southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat. Despite thousands of deaths, the Thai government has done little to actually address the causes of this insurgency. The military junta has contemplated opening … Continue reading How to Stop the Insurgency in Southern Thailand

REPORT: Cross-Strait Relations and the Future of Taiwan

Dr. Shelley Rigger and Dr. Robert Wang speak on Cross-Strait relations. Photo Credit: Martina Hukel By: Martina Hukel, Reporter On February 22, 2019, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service’s Asian Studies Program hosted an event on "Cross-Strait Relations and the Future of Taiwan" that featured a conversation between Dr. Shelley Rigger and Dr. Robert … Continue reading REPORT: Cross-Strait Relations and the Future of Taiwan