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Everything old is new again. As in past ages, rising and established powers are gazing seaward–and thinking about how to use sea power to advance their power and purposes. Professor Jim Holmes sizes up the prospects for competition and cooperation in maritime Asia–looking back across history to catch sight of the future.

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Ulysses S. Grant’s East China Sea Diplomacy
August 09, 2014

Ulysses S. Grant’s East China Sea Diplomacy

By James R. Holmes
While on a post-presidential trip to Asia, General Grant mediated Sino-Japanese talks over the Ryukyu Islands.
Why the Cowpens Saga Matters
August 07, 2014

Why the Cowpens Saga Matters

By James R. Holmes
The Cowpens story is not only bizarre. It also undercuts the fleet's reputation, which undercuts its political utility.

How the Coast Guard Evacuated Southern Manhattan on 9/11
August 01, 2014

How the Coast Guard Evacuated Southern Manhattan on 9/11

By James R. Holmes
On 9/11, the U.S. Coast Guard evacuated nearly 500,000 people from Battery Park in southern Manhattan.

The Naval Diplomat Turns 2
July 28, 2014

The Naval Diplomat Turns 2

By James R. Holmes
Today marks the 2nd anniversary since the Naval Diplomat flung out an "opening salvo" to announce the arrival of these pixels.

Why US Allies Shouldn’t Free Ride
July 26, 2014

Why US Allies Shouldn’t Free Ride

By James R. Holmes
Apathy kills in alliance politics. U.S. allies should begin defending themselves if they want America to defend them.
Lies, Damned Lies and Maps
July 24, 2014

Lies, Damned Lies and Maps

By James R. Holmes
Cartography helps set the parameters within which debates over policy and strategy unfold.

The Elements of US Maritime Strategy
July 17, 2014

The Elements of US Maritime Strategy

By James R. Holmes
An all-encompassing U.S. maritime strategy must include all the armed forces—not just the navy, coast guard and marines.
US Surrenders Naval Logistics Supremacy
July 14, 2014

US Surrenders Naval Logistics Supremacy

By James R. Holmes
Without underway replenishment ships, America’s ability to project power in wartime will shrivel.

History Wars: Scotland Edition
July 12, 2014

History Wars: Scotland Edition

By James R. Holmes
Scotland’s bid for independence is being driven by primeval motives instead of rational interests.

America’s War on WMDs
July 08, 2014

America’s War on WMDs

By James R. Holmes
How to think about the fight to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

The Danger Zone in Naval Arms Races
July 03, 2014

The Danger Zone in Naval Arms Races

By James R. Holmes
China’s naval advantages are wasting assets, giving Beijing ever more reason to seize the initiative.
The Closing of the Chinese Mind
June 28, 2014

The Closing of the Chinese Mind

By James R. Holmes
China’s new ideological control measures are a major strategic blunder.

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