Do Not Choose Susan Rice

Image source There is a grand tradition in American politics of bashing the other side’s nominees. In the spirit of that tradition, I have a new piece out in the American Conservative that questions whether Susan Rice is fit to be the Biden administration’s nominee for Secretary of State. Rice is a controversial figure for […]

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The Cambodian Tilt Towards China

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) Folks, I have a piece up at Foreign Policy on two of my favorite topics–Cambodian politics and China’s international relations. Most analysts see […]

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Costly Signaling in the South China Sea

This will be my final post in the “China Does Not Want Your Rules Based Order” series. You can read the original post that started the conversation here and the first follow up discussion here. In this post I will focus on a comment left back on the original essay by Andrew Chubb. Chubb is […]

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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 Asian Productivity Race

Over the last year Financial Times has produced an interesting series titled β€œThe End of China’s Migrant Miracle.” Those interested in the topic can read the full list of dispatches here, but today I’ll call your attention to a video they have put together echoing some of the series’ themes: What makes this video worth […]

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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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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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Notes From All Over (8/1/14): Tech Giants, Asian Media, and Japanese History

A collection of articles, essays, and blog post of merit. TOP BILLING “The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014“Ben Thompson, Stratechery (16 December 2014). One of the defining characteristics of the three major epochs of consumer computing – PC, Internet, and mobile – is that they have been largely complementary: we didn’t […]

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There Will Be No Cambodian “Spring”

. Last week Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) brokered a deal that ended the CNRP’s year-long parliamentary boycott. The CNRP disputed the results of last summer’s election (which they lost) and refused to take the 55 seats they won until an ‘independent’ election committee could audit […]

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