Russia and China: Brothers in Sanctions

Image: SASHA MORDOVETS / GETTY IMAGES By Jan Gerber Today, the chessboard of great power relations begins to resemble that from the 1950s as Russia and China are coming together in a spirit of solidarity and antipathy for America not seen since Mao Zedong’s Communist China cozied up to its “big brother,” the Soviet Union. … Continue reading Russia and China: Brothers in Sanctions

China’s Military Base in Djibouti: The First of Many?

Image: Natalie Wu By John Park China’s military and economic activity in East Africa display capabilities of a great power but also suggest greater ambitions for hegemony. When China opened its first military base in Djibouti, this was a significant shift from decades of noninterventionist Chinese foreign policy established by Deng Xiaoping’s “24-Character Strategy.” Djibouti’s … Continue reading China’s Military Base in Djibouti: The First of Many?

Kenya and China’s One Belt One Road

Images and Text by Austin Rose In the coming weeks, the White House will take the battle to renovate and upgrade the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to the Senate. The newly empowered entity, renamed the  International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC), would go toe to toe with the many tendrils of China's economic foreign policy … Continue reading Kenya and China’s One Belt One Road

The Korean War and the Need for Atonement

Image: Natalie Wu By Scott Strgacich The Korean War of 1950 to 1953 was modern America’s first public opinion war. For the first time, Gallup, Incorporated conducted polling that actually fluctuated with the course of the conflict. Five years earlier, the initial loss of Pacific holdings to the Japanese, the ineffectiveness of the Allied strategic … Continue reading The Korean War and the Need for Atonement

One Belt One Road—China’s Bid for Eurasia

by Jan Gerber Napoleon Bonaparte once warned that when China wakes from its slumber, it will shake the world. This particular line of one of the great geostrategic minds of history has gained new eminence over the past few years. China is awake, and after decades of slow, surreptitious rise, it is now shaking Eurasia … Continue reading One Belt One Road—China’s Bid for Eurasia

The Problem with Trump’s Tariffs

By Austin Rose On Friday, January 26, President Donald Trump stood before a packed crowd of global elites at the famously ritzy World Economic Forum in Davos and proclaimed that “the United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair economic practices including… industrial subsidies and pervasive state-led economic planning.” Ironically, that very … Continue reading The Problem with Trump’s Tariffs

Progress, or Premonition? Trump’s Cabinet Shakeup Raises the Stakes of North Korean Negotiations

By Andrew Doris President Trump jolted the Korean standoff with a slew of rapid and unexpected changes last month, in one of the busiest weeks for US-North Korean relations in decades. The chaos began on the evening of March 8th, when a South Korean envoy to Washington made a startling announcement from the White House … Continue reading Progress, or Premonition? Trump’s Cabinet Shakeup Raises the Stakes of North Korean Negotiations