How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
April 08, 2016
How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Chinese role in Cuba during the Cold War paid dividends domestically for Mao Zedong.
How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
Declassified: US Attempts to Rein in Chiang Ching-kuo's Nuclear Ambitions
February 20, 2016
Declassified: US Attempts to Rein in Chiang Ching-kuo's Nuclear Ambitions
The Carter administration had to make sure Taiwan didn't renege on a 1976 nuclear pledge.
Declassified: US Attempts to Rein in Chiang Ching-kuo's Nuclear Ambitions
Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
January 22, 2016
Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
The ideological struggle driving the Sino-Soviet split stopped mattering in the end.
Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
December 28, 2015
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
China should be wary of a Tolkachev-esque figure eroding its strategic position vis-a-vis the United States.
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
Ever Wonder How China Got Back Into International Diplomacy After the Cultural Revolution?
November 24, 2015
Ever Wonder How China Got Back Into International Diplomacy After the Cultural Revolution?
China's successful entry into the international scene after the Cultural Revolution bears lessons for other pariah states.
Ever Wonder How China Got Back Into International Diplomacy After the Cultural Revolution?
The Cold War and Holy War: A Chinese Take on the ‘Clash of Civilizations’
November 21, 2015
The Cold War and Holy War: A Chinese Take on the ‘Clash of Civilizations’
Blogger Yang Hengjun on the Paris attacks and the idea of a "clash of civilizations" -- and where China fits in.
The Cold War and Holy War: A Chinese Take on the ‘Clash of Civilizations’
After Inchon: Containment or Liberation?
September 27, 2015
After Inchon: Containment or Liberation?
The famous landing and its aftermath helped guide U.S. foreign policy doctrine in the postwar period.
After Inchon: Containment or Liberation?
South China Sea: Conflict Escalation and ‘Miscalculation’ Myths
September 25, 2015
South China Sea: Conflict Escalation and ‘Miscalculation’ Myths
“The record suggests that miscalculation concerns over incidents in the maritime realm are exaggerated.”
South China Sea: Conflict Escalation and ‘Miscalculation’ Myths
Remembering World War II in Asia: Dishonest Visions of History?
August 13, 2015
Remembering World War II in Asia: Dishonest Visions of History?
Cold War divisions, now shorn of their ideological pretensions, have achieved a kind of second life in war memory.
Remembering World War II in Asia: Dishonest Visions of History?
The Koreas, Bastion of Cold War Realism
June 25, 2015
The Koreas, Bastion of Cold War Realism
A reluctant but pragmatic defense of neorealism in Northeast Asia.
The Koreas, Bastion of Cold War Realism
Tactical Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence
June 12, 2015
Tactical Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence
Could tactical nuclear deterrence help prevent conflict in an Asian maritime context?
Tactical Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence
Does The U.S. Need to Revive Its Nuclear Strategy?
May 28, 2015
Does The U.S. Need to Revive Its Nuclear Strategy?
“It may be time to blow the dust off of some old books and articles written by the nuclear strategists of the Cold War.”
Does The U.S. Need to Revive Its Nuclear Strategy?
The Geopolitics of Richard Nixon
April 22, 2015
The Geopolitics of Richard Nixon
In two important books, the former president foresaw the end of the Cold War, the rebalance, and much besides.
The Geopolitics of Richard Nixon
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?
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