South China Sea

The CCP vs. Filipino Catholic Bishops

Unlike the Vatican’s acquiescence to the CCP, Filipino bishops are resolute against China’s imperial ambitions

China’s Quiet War in the South China Sea

China is engaging in grey zone warfare in the South China Sea

Passing the Baton
Passing the Baton

As the generation that grew up in and saw the collapse of the USSR, Generation X is uniquely positioned to lead the US as it drifts into the second Cold War.

Extending the Hard Line with China
Extending the Hard Line with China

President Joe Biden’s China policy is coming into focus. As some of us predicted before his inauguration, he appears to be continuing the previous administration’s hard-line stance with Beijing—suggesting that the COVID-19 crisis marks a turning point akin to how the communist bloc’s attempt to seize West Berlin and South Korea solidified bipartisan commitment to waging the Cold War.

Beneath the Waves of the South China Sea Dispute
Beneath the Waves of the South China Sea Dispute

Much of China may convert to Christianity by 2050. What are the implications of such a projection, and how might it affect US foreign policy toward issues like the South China Sea?

Just War in the Grey Zone
Just War in the Grey Zone

Grey zone conflicts—like those in Ukraine and the South China Sea—are major threats both to a just peace and American security interests. The just war tradition needs to consider them more.

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.

The US Navy’s Role in the Defense of International Sovereignty

The National Security Strategy says China’s economic and military actions risk diminishing the sovereignty of many states in the Indo-Pacific. The US Navy has a role in defending these states’ rights.

The Case for Pragmatic Globalism: A Review of Paul Miller’s American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy
The Case for Pragmatic Globalism: Review of Paul Miller’s American Power and Liberal Order

All in all, American Power and Liberal Order is an excellent book providing a spirited defense of what has largely been a successful American grand strategy for the past 70 years. The big question remains whether the same framework could work for the next 70 years, or whether new external challenges and internal political changes call for a different approach.