Securing Paradise: The Need for Intentional Diplomacy in the Caribbean

There is trouble in paradise.  Ongoing political unrest in Haiti and Cuba have dominated headlines and have even led to talks of potential U.S. military intervention. The recent increase in American attention on the Caribbean is a reminder of the region’s often-overlooked strategic significance. 

Beware of Fulda Gap Syndrome: China is Not Rushing into Afghanistan

President Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan has been met with approval by a majority of Americans. However, a curious set of detractors in the media and think tank sphere have recently been fretting that the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan somehow benefits China.

One Belt, One Road, Many Misconceptions

The Case for a More Measured Assessment of China’s “New Silk Road” Photo Credit: Sgt. Amber Smith/DVIDS   Alison O’Neil and Andrew C. Jarocki Massive. Weaponized. Even a “stalking horse to advance security concerns.”   These are just some of the dramatic terms high-ranking officials, including top American military brass and defense secretaries, have used … Continue reading One Belt, One Road, Many Misconceptions

What Could the XPCC Sanctions Mean for Xinjiang and the US?

The Xinjiang delegation at the 2019 National People's Congress (Reuters) By Alison O'Neil A Tense July: The US Sanctions XPCC Recent events in Xinjiang – along with other domestic and foreign policy decisions encompassing everything from cybersecurity to maritime law to tensions over Taiwan and Hong Kong – have shifted the global conversation on China … Continue reading What Could the XPCC Sanctions Mean for Xinjiang and the US?

“Mystery Seeds” and the Invasive Species Trade

Christina Mary Mysterious seeds with possible origins in China arrived in the United States within the past few weeks in all 50 states. The USDA has advised individuals to not plant the seeds as they have been identified as possibly invasive. However, so far the seeds were identified as herbs or harmless flowers. The origins … Continue reading “Mystery Seeds” and the Invasive Species Trade

“Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy”

By Alison O'Neil and Andrew Jarocki Sun Tzu and an “Enlightened” American Strategy in Hong Kong Protestors swarm the streets in dramatic demonstrations, while armor-clad law enforcement douse the “terrorists” in teargas. Sound familiar? Last summer, Hong Kong erupted in protests when local legislators proposed a new extradition bill. Since the 1997 handover, China had … Continue reading “Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy”