Author profile: Christopher Whyte

Christopher Whyte

Christopher Whyte is a Contributing Editor of e-IR. He completed his Bachelor’s double degree in both economics and international relations at the College of William and Mary in 2010. He has recently performed research interning at the Cato Institute and is currently finishing his Master’s thesis and coursework at George Mason University in Virginia in the United States.

Reviving the Russian Navy

Reviving the Russian Navy

With so much focus placed on China, it has become easy to forget another great East Asian power – Russia. The Kremlin plans to get back its naval power, to do it efficiently, and to become geopolitically relevant once more.

Between Austerity and Viability: The Search for Future Air Combat Platforms in East Asia

Between Austerity and Viability: The Search for Future Air Combat Platforms in East Asia

Recent years have seen the intensification of political tensions between various states in the Pacific and East Asia. The rise of China as a military and economic power has necessarily triggered concern in the region, causing nations to reexamine their air-power procurement and development plans.

The Dragon’s Teeth: The Growth of China’s Military

The Dragon’s Teeth: The Growth of China’s Military

The massive expansion and technological maturation of PLA land-based aerial and ballistic forces indicates the rise of a “Fortress China” doctrine in Beijing. China sees national defense and regional security as a function of its own ability to control its local periphery.

Nuclear Ambitions in Asia: The Paper Tiger Revisited

Nuclear Ambitions in Asia: The Paper Tiger Revisited

The final result of the growth of the PRC’s military capacity is, perhaps, that China’s nuclear perspective will be exported abroad. Countries in the region that are concerned for their security should realize this truth and take steps to avoid a nuclear escalation that would do little to deter the doctrinally-different military culture of the People’s Republic of China.

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