Arms and Influence… and China

Last week’s post “China Does Not Want Your Rules Based Order” created a stir. Many who read it were inspired to write up their own view in response; some of these have been posted in the comments thread to the original post, others on Twitter, and yet others have been sent to me in more […]

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China Does Not Want Your Rules Based Order

While the sun and moon endureLuck’s a chance, but trouble’s sure,I’d face it as a wise man would,And train for ill and not for good. β€”A.E. Housman, “Terence This is Stupid Stuff,” (1896) THE WORDS of Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered on the 3rd of June to the assembled […]

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The Future of the Fertile Crescent: Thoughts from Nibras Kazimi

Yesterday I was delighted to discover that Nibras Kazimi has started blogging in English again. Kazimi has played the part of both activist and analyst over the last decade, working out of Washington DC or Iraq as the occasion required. At the height of the old strategy blogosphere he was running one of the sharpest blogs on […]

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Wanted: A Stupid-Proof Strategy For America

. “Hadrian’s wall at Greenhead Lough” by Velella,Image Source: Wikimedia In a recent War on the Rocks piece Iskander Rehman argues that the United States should not favor a foreign policy of retrenchment because United States policy makers are simply too daft and out of touch with the world to play the part of a modern day Castlereigh: […]

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Should America Give a Whit About the South China Sea?

The famous “nine-dash line” that marks China’s territorial claims in the South China SeaSource: “Q&A: South China Sea Disputes.” BBC News (15 May 2013). A worthwhile debate between Lyle Goldstein and Alexander Vuving has been playing out on the pages of the National Interest this month. It started with a short essay by Goldstein titled “The South China Showdown: 5 Dangerous Myths.” […]

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Notes From All Over (3/09/15): Chinese Media, Ancient War, and Strategic Theory

A collection of articles, essays, and blog post of merit. TOP BILLING  “Down With the Nihilists!” and “Love Thy Country““T.J. Ma.” Chublic Opinion. (31 & 6 August 2015). I was led to this blog by the recommendation of Kaiser Kuo and instantly knew that it needed to be on the blog roll. “T.J. Ma” writes […]

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Iran: The Debate We Should Be Having

Major religions in the Middle EastImage Source: Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 Project I am not a specialist in arms control or nuclear technology. I must rely on the judgement of others with relevant expertise to assess the viability of the new agreement with Iran. This makes things difficult, for the opinions of experts I trust […]

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The CNRP Won’t Save the South China Sea

A map of “Khmer Krom,” territory once dominated by Khmer speakers before it was conquered by Vietnam in the 18th and 19th centuries.   Image Source: Douc Sokha, “β€‹αžŸαž αž‚αž˜αž“αŸβ€‹αžαŸ’αž˜αŸ‚αžšαž€αŸ’αžšαŸ„αž˜β€‹αžαžΆβ€‹αžšαž€αžƒαžΎαž‰β€‹αž―αž€αžŸαžΆαžšβ€‹αž‡αžΆαž„β€‹αŸ€αŸ αŸ αŸ β€‹αž‘αŸ†αž–αŸαžšβ€‹ αž‘αžΆαž€αŸ‹αž‘αž„β€‹αž“αžΉαž„β€‹αž€αžΆαžšβ€‹αž€αžΆαžαŸ‹β€‹αž‘αžΉαž€αžŠαžΈβ€‹αž€αž˜αŸ’αž–αž»αž‡αžΆβ€‹αž€αŸ’αžšαŸ„αž˜β€‹αž²αŸ’αž™β€‹αžœαŸ€αžαžŽαžΆαž˜β€‹β€‹“, Vod Hot News (15 February 2015) Americans are rarely disinterested observers when watching elections held in foreign climes. The further outside the Western world Americans roam the […]

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The Road to Beijing Runs Through Tokyo

Image Source. As much of the material here at The Stage narrates the history of Chinese warfare, diplomacy, and strategic thought or analyzes contemporary Chinese politics and international relations, I am occasionally asked a question that goes something like this: “Mr. Greer, if you had to recommend one book to help me understand how the […]

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