North Korea, America, China, And The Credibility Gap

Why would anyone "beg for war," in the words of American ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley?  Why would anyone say such a thing, when they seem to gain so little from war? The consequences of a general war on the Korean peninsula are obvious to anyone who's bothered with half an article from a … Continue reading North Korea, America, China, And The Credibility Gap

The Five Maps That Show The Challenges To China’s New Silk Road

It's the geopolitical dream of every Third Way thinker since Mao: a non-European superpower finally taking the rug out from the dastardly Western imperialists. From Reuters: Xi said China's Belt and Road plan would be open to all. He said deep-seated problems in global development had yet to be addressed effectively, with international trade and … Continue reading The Five Maps That Show The Challenges To China’s New Silk Road

Why Taiwan (Still) Could Start World War III

Surely you know already the tripwire: Taiwan is a de facto country but a de jure province of mainland China.  The People's Republic wants to bring it back under mainland China's rule, while the people of Taiwan want exactly the opposite.  Moreover, Taiwan's military security is guaranteed by the United States via the Taiwan Relations Act … Continue reading Why Taiwan (Still) Could Start World War III

China and Russia Draw Closer: Or, America Should Worry, But Not Panic

Mr. Putin must feel pretty good after signing that $400 billion natural gas deal.  With a massive cash infusion such as that over a predictable schedule, Putin's Russia is in much better shape today than ever since the fall of the Soviet Union.  Crimea has been annexed, peacefully; Georgia and Ukraine blocked from both NATO … Continue reading China and Russia Draw Closer: Or, America Should Worry, But Not Panic

A Sum-Up Of Why China, Japan, And The U.S. Are All At One Another In The Pacific

The Pacific is a lot more interesting than it's been in years, thanks to a great game of ship-building, missile-deploying, and defense-procuring all around the Pacific Rim.  More than Europe, the Pacific is in the middle of a geopolitical struggle for security, prosperity, and dominance between three traditional nation-states.  Everybody wants to be happy, but … Continue reading A Sum-Up Of Why China, Japan, And The U.S. Are All At One Another In The Pacific