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James Holmes

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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Why Russia Yearns for Empire
March 28, 2014

Why Russia Yearns for Empire

By James R. Holmes
A primal instinct was behind Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and its one shared by other powers.
How Japan Could Turn the Table on China
March 24, 2014

How Japan Could Turn the Table on China

By James R. Holmes
Although Japan should repent for its crimes against China, so too should the CCP.

What Japan and the US Can Learn From March Madness
March 20, 2014

What Japan and the US Can Learn From March Madness

By James R. Holmes
One can do worse than the basketball metaphor for explaining the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island dispute.

How China Strengthens Japan’s Navy
March 17, 2014

How China Strengthens Japan’s Navy

By James R. Holmes
In trying to counter China in the East China Sea, the JMSDF is honing its skills.

Of Course the PLA is Planning for a 'Short, Sharp War'
March 14, 2014

Of Course the PLA is Planning for a 'Short, Sharp War'

By James R. Holmes
The "revelation" that China's military is planning for a quick war with Japan should shock no one.
Taiwan: Why China Backs Russia on Ukraine
March 10, 2014

Taiwan: Why China Backs Russia on Ukraine

By James R. Holmes
By calling for a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis, China is hoping that Kiev submits to Russia.

Mearsheimer Is Dangerously Optimistic
March 08, 2014

Mearsheimer Is Dangerously Optimistic

By James R. Holmes
Mearsheimer’s claim that China’s military power is significantly inferior to the U.S. misses the point.
US Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age
March 06, 2014

US Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age

By James R. Holmes
America's nuclear triad shouldn't be held sacrosanct just to please advocates in the U.S. Navy and Air Force.

Has China Awoken a Sleeping Giant in Japan?
March 01, 2014

Has China Awoken a Sleeping Giant in Japan?

By James R. Holmes
In his dispatch from Tokyo, the Naval Diplomat reports that Japan has given up debating the nature of China’s rise.

The Essential Guide to Writing a Best-Selling Strategy
February 27, 2014

The Essential Guide to Writing a Best-Selling Strategy

By James R. Holmes
“Overlooking the interactive nature of strategic competition amounts to unilateral intellectual disarmament.”

Strategy and the Tyranny of Maxims
February 23, 2014

Strategy and the Tyranny of Maxims

By James R. Holmes
Military strategists need the intellectual toolkits to use bumper-sticker precepts knowledgeably and nimbly.
Why Every Sailor Should Read Richard McKenna
February 18, 2014

Why Every Sailor Should Read Richard McKenna

By James R. Holmes
McKenna’s books have been on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Professional Reading List for some time.

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