China-US Cold War

Breaking the Ice

The Arctic is an increasingly crucial region for 21st century geopolitics, but America is trailing its rivals. Why does the Arctic matter, and how can we catch up?

Quality vs Quantity in Military Production

History shows that a high-end weapon system, alone on the battlefield, can be outmatched and overtaken by lesser systems.

The Fatal Logic of Encirclement

The strategic anxiety of encirclement has driven great-power policy for centuries; Russia and China represent the modern version of this classic security dilemma.

Tilting at the Windmill of Strategic Autonomy

France’s centuries-long quest for strategic autonomy has more often than not led to bad outcomes for the French.

Land of the Rising Dead, Part Two: Death and Taxes

As military spending spirals, should Tokyo consider channeling the free-market spirit of the 1980s?

Are China’s Resurgent Economic Cooperatives Preparation for Invading Taiwan?

The return of Maoist-style agricultural communes in China are a foreboding sign of a return to the China of half a century ago.

Land of the Rising Dead, Part One: Warrior Spirits

In Japan, even the dead get a say in how the nation’s war-machine should be run by the living.

Chinese balloon, espionage
Float and Dagger: Espionage as Probing Maneuver

There is no peacetime in the Maoist worldview. The Chinese spy balloon was one more means for Beijing to turn the strategic environment to its advantage.

China’s Cultural Genocide Against the Uyghurs

China is committing cultural genocide against the Uyghurs according to standards set by the UN