China and Russia vs. the United States?
March 02, 2015
China and Russia vs. the United States?
Just how likely are China and Russia to ally against the U.S.?
China and Russia vs. the United States?
What the Vietnam War Hawks Got Wrong
February 13, 2015
What the Vietnam War Hawks Got Wrong
James Burnham, and other Vietnam hawks, hardly deserve contemporary rehabilitation.
What the Vietnam War Hawks Got Wrong
Could East Asia's Weak Institutions Be a Blessing in Disguise?
February 07, 2015
Could East Asia's Weak Institutions Be a Blessing in Disguise?
East Asia's multilateral institutions -- from ASEAN to APEC -- are generally weak. This might be a good thing.
Could East Asia's Weak Institutions Be a Blessing in Disguise?
The China-Japan Détente Examined Through the Soviet Prism
December 26, 2014
The China-Japan Détente Examined Through the Soviet Prism
Comparing current Sino-Japanese relations to the Soviet-U.S. thaw of the 1970s.
The China-Japan Détente Examined Through the Soviet Prism
Why No One Gets Russia
December 08, 2014
Why No One Gets Russia
Ignoring Russia’s history and character keeps us from understanding the country.
Why No One Gets Russia
Can China and the US Neutralize the Ring of Gyges?
November 28, 2014
Can China and the US Neutralize the Ring of Gyges?
Plato foresaw how the technological imperative can risk a fragile peace.
Can China and the US Neutralize the Ring of Gyges?
Dr. Strangelove’s Advice to U.S. and Russian Nuclear Planners
November 26, 2014
Dr. Strangelove’s Advice to U.S. and Russian Nuclear Planners
A recent report offers some disturbing advice for nuclear weapons policy.
Dr. Strangelove’s Advice to U.S. and Russian Nuclear Planners
Why the US Will Welcome Chinese Influence in Afghanistan
November 07, 2014
Why the US Will Welcome Chinese Influence in Afghanistan
Does the United States care if Beijing ramps up its influence in Afghanistan? Probably not.
Why the US Will Welcome Chinese Influence in Afghanistan
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
October 30, 2014
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
The U.S. Navy's post-Cold War holiday from history is drawing to a close—if it hasn’t expired already.
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
A New History of the Korean War
September 28, 2014
A New History of the Korean War
In The Korean War: An International History, Haruki Wada raises the bar on diplomatic histories of the conflict.
A New History of the Korean War
Is China A Lonely Diva?
September 03, 2014
Is China A Lonely Diva?
Chinese scholars are debating whether Beijing should abandon its non-alignment policy. But it may have already done so.
Is China A Lonely Diva?
Did Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki Save Lives?
August 25, 2014
Did Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki Save Lives?
The question goes to the heart of the debate about the utility of nuclear weapons and the rationale for keeping them.
Did Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki Save Lives?
How Will the Ukrainian Crisis Affect Russia's Approach to Asia?
August 16, 2014
How Will the Ukrainian Crisis Affect Russia's Approach to Asia?
How will the conflict in Eastern Ukraine affect Russia’s future engagement with East Asia?
How Will the Ukrainian Crisis Affect Russia's Approach to Asia?
Naval Fortresses: An Old Concept for a New Era?
August 05, 2014
Naval Fortresses: An Old Concept for a New Era?
If US naval dominance wanes, fortresses may once again become a viable strategic defense.
Naval Fortresses: An Old Concept for a New Era?
Australia, Japan and Asia’s New ‘Cold War’
July 14, 2014
Australia, Japan and Asia’s New ‘Cold War’
Donna Weeks, an expert on the Australia-Japan relationship, considers the implications of Abe's recent trip to Australia.
Australia, Japan and Asia’s New ‘Cold War’
Russia’s Elusive Quest for Influence in Asia
May 20, 2014
Russia’s Elusive Quest for Influence in Asia
Putin arrives in Shanghai desperate to reorient Russia’s Asia policy amid tensions with the West and China’s rise.
Russia’s Elusive Quest for Influence in Asia
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