Indo-Pacific

Beware the Pride of Victors: Reinhold Niebuhr on Japan’s Surrender
Beware the Pride of Victors: Reinhold Niebuhr on Japan’s Surrender

“It was inevitable that the final surrender of Japan, ending the costliest war of human history, should be greeted with a delirium of joy all over the world, and in America particularly.”

Cybersecurity is a Moral Necessity

It may be easy to see issues of cybersecurity as mere issues of intellectual property or economic viability, but cybersecurity is fundamentally about protecting the rights and dignity of every human being.

Support Religious Freedom to Counter China
Support Religious Freedom to Counter China

Support for religious freedom as a foreign policy tool in great power competition is pragmatic, moral, and popular.

Ep. 53 | Caught in the Middle: Japan's Geopolitical Role
Ep. 53 | Caught in the Crossfire: Japan’s Geopolitical Role

In this episode of the Foreign Policy ProvCast, Joshua Walker speaks with Mark Melton about Japan’s geopolitical role, especially as…

True North, Ep. 1 | Moral Horror: A Moral Defense of the Bombing of Hiroshima
True North, Ep. 1 | Moral Horror: A Moral Defense of the Bombing of Hiroshima

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic devastation of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which helped bring about the…

The World Finally Sees Xi’s China as It Is
The World Finally Sees Xi’s China as It Is

After years of wishful thinking, America and its allies in the Indo-Pacific are returning, finally, to what President Franklin Roosevelt called “armed defense of democratic existence.” Given Beijing’s actions both at home and abroad, one wonders what took them so long.

In Myanmar, COVID-19 Poses Greatest Risk to Democracy
In Myanmar, COVID-19 Poses Greatest Risk to Democracy

With Myanmar’s military still controlling 25 percent of its parliament and a history of brutal crackdowns—not to mention the recent Rohingya crisis—COVID-19 is exacerbating the precarious balance between the military and civilians in power.

Ep. 51: Confrontations with China — on Huawei, COVID-19, and More

Michael Sobolik, a fellow in Indo-Pacific Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC, speaks with Mark Melton…

Why Idealists Are Wrong about China’s Peaceful Rise
Idealists Are Wrong about China’s Peaceful Rise

Idealists argue China’s increasing power will not result in a hegemonic war with the US. They are dead wrong.