from The Great Debate:

What will it take to stop cycle of escalation in the South China Sea?

March 2, 2016

 

A ship (top) of Chinese Coast Guard is seen near a ship of Vietnam Marine Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014. Vietnamese ships were followed by Chinese vessels as they neared China's oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea on Wednesday, Vietnam's Coast Guard said. Vietnam has condemned as illegal the operation of a Chinese deepwater drilling rig in what Vietnam says is its territorial water in the South China Sea and has told China's state-run oil company to remove it. China has said the rig was operating completely within its waters. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh (POLITICS MARITIME ENERGY)

A Chinese Coast Guard ship (top) near a Vietnam Marine Guard ship in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off Vietnam, May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh

from The Great Debate:

What makes just 16 missiles such a deadly threat in the South China Sea

February 19, 2016

A protester from the League of Filipino Students holds an effigy symbolizing a missile during a rally by more than a dozen students outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila, Philippines, February 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A protester from the League of Filipino Students holds an effigy symbolizing a missile during a rally by more than a dozen students outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila, Philippines, February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

from The Great Debate:

The next battleground in the U.S.-China power struggle

December 4, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L), Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (2nd L), Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd R) and Vietnamese Politburo member Dinh The Huynh raise a toast after witnessing a signing ceremony of a dozen of  bilateral agreements following their official talks at the VCP's Headquarters in Hanoi on November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool - RTX1UVMZ

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L), Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (2nd L), Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd R) and Vietnamese Politburo member Dinh The Huynh raise a toast after witnessing a signing ceremony of a dozen of bilateral agreements following their official talks at the VCP's Headquarters in Hanoi on November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam

from The Great Debate:

Back to Iraq: No really, these troops are just here to advise

June 16, 2015

An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session by coalition forces on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province

An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province, Iraq, June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

from The Great Debate:

Everything you need to know about the South China Sea conflict – in under five minutes

June 9, 2015

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool

from The Great Debate:

A national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love

March 25, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama meets members of his Cabinet at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama with Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House in Washington, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from Jack Shafer:

Keep your frenemies list short and your enemies list shorter

September 5, 2014

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Compiling an enemies list was a cinch for the United States during the Cold War, what with most of the Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal targeted its way. Friends of the Soviets immediately became America’s enemies, and Soviet enemies became U.S. friends. That made China a U.S. enemy of the highest order, a ranking shared by the Soviet client-states of Cuba, North Korea, and North Vietnam, against which the United States fought. Muammar Gaddafi's Libya rose to high-enemy status under President Ronald Reagan, a position it maintained until he surrendered its nuclear program.

from The Great Debate:

Obama’s impossible choices on Iraq

June 16, 2014

Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants, chant slogans in Baghdad

Iraq was a bold U.S. experiment in nation-building. It turned out to be a flop.

from The Great Debate:

Fires in Vietnam could ultimately burn Beijing

May 16, 2014

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The spilling of blood and burning of factories by anti-Chinese rioters sweeping across Vietnam reinforces Beijing’s message to other countries claiming territory in the South China Sea: resistance is costly and ultimately futile.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Putin learning what U.S. didn’t

April 23, 2014

After America’s ignominious defeat and hurried departure from Vietnam in 1973 -- when the world’s richest and mightiest nation was humbled by the stolid determination of ill-equipped, ideologically inspired peasants -- it was generally assumed the United States would not wage war again until the lessons of the Viet Cong victory were taken to heart.