Thucydides, Geopolitics and Escalation Points: A Lesson from the Punic Wars

By Ben Mainardi // American and Chinese interests do indeed overlap and clash at various points across the globe, from the halls of foreign governments to social media posts online. Yet this does not preordain war nor does the “Allison Trap” provide a useful framework for understanding rising tensions or their associated risks. 

Missing Seats at the Table: The UN Security Council’s Post-Colonial Problem

By Patrick Fox // If the UN Security Council is going to play the role that it plays today, it must realize that the Cold War is over. Its top priority should be working to eliminate the systematic reinforcement of global poverty. 

AUKUS Sub Deal: Implications for the Nuclear Arms Control Regime

By Shravan Krishnan // Even the presence of nuclear-powered submarines presents a variety of challenges for Australia. Would these submarines be permitted to dock in New Zealand, a sworn opponent of nuclear proliferation with whom Australia maintains significant interoperability and operational overlap? Would these submarines be more obvious to Chinese passive sonar in the South China Sea than their diesel power counterparts? 

The Decaying International Order: Why Great Power War Isn’t Impossible

By Ben Mainardi // War is not intrinsically a relic of the past. Its prospects are indeed very real, although it would be to the detriment of any great power today to engage in conflict with one another even if it could be assured that no nuclear escalation would occur.

Crackpot Realism: Not Everything is a Wrestling Match with China

By Noah Schwartz // The anecdote to this current ‘crackpot era’ is actual realism and restraint when it comes to China. This means not succumbing to the belief that this competition is a zero-sum contest that will determine the fate of liberalism or falling for romantic Orientalist narratives that situate China-US competition in a grand arc of history. 

A Green Future or a Lifetime of Lockdowns?

By Iona Volynets // With the upcoming COP 26 conference, Biden has an opportunity to reassert his dedication to stopping climate change. He can make good on his financial promises to the Global South and Amazon rainforest, introduce policy to act on deforestation, and clarify specifics for many of his other vague policies.