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Derek Grossman

Derek Grossman

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation, regular contributor to The Diplomat, and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.

Derek Grossman formerly served as the daily intelligence briefer to the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs at the Pentagon. Follow him on Twitter.

Posts by Derek Grossman
March 16, 2021

Vietnam Must Be Pleased With the Biden Administration… For the Most Part

By Derek Grossman
Relations are set to continue on their upward trajectory, though there remain certain areas of concern.

February 01, 2021

How US-Vietnam Ties Might Go Off the Rails

By Derek Grossman
Will Washington's burgeoning strategic relationship with Hanoi come unstuck over human rights concerns?
January 04, 2021

What Does Vietnam Want from the US in the South China Sea?

By Derek Grossman
Despite seeking a balance between the superpowers, Vietnam desires more robust security ties with Washington.

December 02, 2020

The Philippines Is Sticking Right by America’s Side

By Derek Grossman
Despite President Duterte's much-vaunted "pivot to China," the nation's relationship with the U.S. remains as strong as ever.

November 02, 2020

Vietnam Is Losing Its Best Friends to China

By Derek Grossman
Over the past few years, China's economic gravity has begun to pull Cambodia and Laos out of Vietnam's orbit.

October 14, 2020

PIF Fragmentation May Alter US-China Competition in the Pacific

By Derek Grossman
A looming north-south split in the Pacific Islands Forum poses both challenges and opportunities to the rival superpowers.
September 25, 2020

Taiwan’s KMT May Have a Serious ‘1992 Consensus’ Problem

By Derek Grossman and Brandon Alexander Millan
Clinging to the consensus has won the party little respect from Beijing, while putting it out of step with the majority of Taiwanese opinion.

September 05, 2020

America Is Betting Big on the Second Island Chain

By Derek Grossman
Defense Secretary Esper's recent visits to Palau and Guam highlight the importance of the Second Island Chain to U.S. interests -- and China's growing influence there.

August 05, 2020

What Does Vietnam Think About America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Derek Grossman
The South China Sea is where the rubber meets the road for U.S.-Vietnam security ties, and in this regard, Hanoi has gone as far as it is comfortable.

July 22, 2020

China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines

By Derek Grossman
China may have missed a golden opportunity to see the VFA end, but Beijing is still determined to exploit gaps between the U.S. and its ally.

July 05, 2020

Chinese Border Aggression Against India Likely Unrelated to Pandemic

By Derek Grossman
The Chinese approach to India represents continuity in behavior.
June 18, 2020

China Just Botched a Monumental Opportunity With the Philippines

By Derek Grossman
Did China miss its shot at the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement?

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