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John Kerry’s Pacific Dream

John Kerry’s Pacific Dream

The Pacific Dream concept sought to advance two central U.S. foreign policy goals in the Asia-Pacific: expanding the scope of the U.S. pivot beyond defense, and isolating China without singling it out.

Towards a More Crowded Heavens?

Towards a More Crowded Heavens?

National space programs are tools states leverage for a variety of purposes, not expressions of an apolitical human urge to explore. Like nuclear weapons, crewed spaceflight programs remain widely perceived as a signifier of great power status.

Women in Combat: Rationale and Implications

Women in Combat: Rationale and Implications

The decision to open combat roles to women in the US is historic. Yet, the military may have to reduce its sexual assault and harassment rates before women will take full advantage of these new opportunities.

U.S. Military Culture and the Withdrawal from Afghanistan

U.S. Military Culture and the Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Military culture will determine the characteristics of the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. In turn, the withdrawal will determine American military culture and its organization into the 21st century.

Why Can’t Iran and the US Just Get Along?

Why Can’t Iran and the US Just Get Along?

A U.S.-Iran rapprochement, though unlikely, could reduce Israeli-Iranian tensions and even potentially see Iran become a positive force in negotiations over a two-state solution.

Australia’s Economic and Security Dilemma: US or China?

Australia’s Economic and Security Dilemma: US or China?

To an external observer, it might seem like the US-Australian alliance is as strong as ever. However, if one looks deeper, rising discontent and disagreements are visible.

The Petraeus Scandal

The Petraeus Scandal

David Petraeus was thought to be a possible Republican US presidential or vice presidential candidate. This affair has ruined such opportunities, but it will not stop him from being part of the discussion of future national security issues.

No Turkish Syrian War

No Turkish Syrian War

Turkey will not be an instrument by which the Assad regime is deposed. It will neither directly attack the Assad government nor be the leader of an intervening coalition. If there is intervention, it will have to be an American initiative.

Doubts about a New Space Race

Doubts about a New Space Race

For a new space race to occur, the US-China military rivalry in space must escalate to a general rivalry in prestige exploratory programs. But, as history has shown, the gulf between aspirations and reality is wide.

The Importance of the Straits of Malacca

The Importance of the Straits of Malacca

The vast majority of China’s oil imports pass through the Straits of Malacca. This creates a security issue for China as the Straits function as a strategic chokepoint through which their energy supply must pass.

Nuclear Disaster in Taiwan: An Ignored Factor in the US-China Relationship

Nuclear Disaster in Taiwan: An Ignored Factor in the US-China Relationship

A major incident at any nuclear power plant in Taiwan could quite possibly lead, in a worst-case scenario, to a failed state. This could open up space for China and the US to compete in the ensuing political vacuum.

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