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Steven Stashwick

Steven Stashwick

Steven Stashwick is an independent writer and researcher based in New York City focused on East Asian security and maritime issues.

He spent ten years on active duty as a Naval Officer with tours in the Pentagon and at-sea based in Japan elsewhere the Pacific. He completed graduate study in International Relations at the University of Chicago, where he focused on the impact of international rules and naval diplomacy on security and conflict escalation. Still serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve, he writes in his private capacity and does not represent official positions of the U.S. government.

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Posts by Steven Stashwick
January 06, 2020

Massive Australian Military Effort to Provide Relief from Raging Bushfires

By Steven Stashwick
Scale of operations show how climate change could challenge capacity for traditional military missions.

December 04, 2019

Technical Problems, Slowing Economy Cut China’s Carrier Ambitions

By Steven Stashwick
Plans to build more than four aircraft carriers apparently put on hold.
November 21, 2019

US Defense Secretary Highlights Vietnam as Partner Against Chinese Influence

By Steven Stashwick
During a recent trip to Vietnam, the U.S. defense secretary also announced the transfer of an ex-U.S. Coast Guard cutter to the Vietnamese coast guard.

November 15, 2019

US Intermediate-Range Missiles in East Asia: Critical Deterrent or Needless Provocation?

By Steven Stashwick
It isn’t clear that the United States necessarily needs land-based intermediate missiles to achieve the missions they are envisioned for.

October 24, 2019

Russia’s Northern Sea Route Faces Setbacks, Low Interest

By Steven Stashwick
Despite warming Arctic, competition among great powers remains cool.

October 04, 2019

US and Singapore Navies Sink Target Ship: Why It Matters

By Steven Stashwick
Exercise Pacific Griffin 2019 featured LCS firing new anti-ship missile.
September 19, 2019

China’s New Transport Ship Not a Game Changer in South China Sea

By Steven Stashwick
Sansha No.2 is civilian and relatively small compared to military logistics vessels.

July 12, 2019

Heads of US and Chinese Navies Talk Miscalculation Amid US Leadership Shuffle

By Steven Stashwick
Admiral John Richardson holds last conference with Chinese counterpart before retiring.

June 29, 2019

US Navy’s Railgun Entering New Testing Phases

By Steven Stashwick
The prototype is being tested at advanced range and groundwork for at-sea testing is in place.

June 14, 2019

Chinese Vessel Rams, Sinks Philippine Fishing Boat in Reed Bank

By Steven Stashwick
Philippine crew rescued by Vietnamese fishermen in disputed South China Sea waters.

June 06, 2019

France Trumpets Renewed Commitment to Stability in Indo-Pacific

By Steven Stashwick
Paris sees a responsibility to the region in face of “building blocks of a global confrontation.”
May 23, 2019

US Navy Eyes More Combat Upgrades for Littoral Combat Ships

By Steven Stashwick
Anti-ship missiles, new combat systems, and possible vertical launch cells being studied.

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