Analysis + Opinion | 2019

 China’s President Xi Jinping (back L) and US President Donald Trump (back 2nd L) attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.  AFP/Getty Images

Analysis + Opinion

February 12, 2019

US-China relationship guidelines

Asia SocietyAsia Society

A new report published by Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations and UC San Diego’s 21st Century China Center offers recommendations for American policymakers. Among its authors is Taylor Fravel.

China US cold war

Analysis + Opinion

February 8, 2019

The 'new Cold War' with China is way overblown. Here's why.

Joshua ShifrinsonWashington Post

Is a new Cold War looming—or already present—between the United States and China? Many analysts argue that a combination of geopolitics, ideology and competing visions of "global order" are driving the two countries toward emulating the Soviet-US rivalry that dominated world politics from 1947 through 1990.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Analysis + Opinion

February 6, 2019

North Korea and America’s second summit

Vipin NarangThe National Interest

There are several possible outcomes I think from the summit if and when it happens.


Analysis + Opinion

February 6, 2019

NK and US second summit


Analysis + Opinion

February 1, 2019

Serbian journalists are under attack. Does the international community care?

Una Hajdari The New Republic

Supported by the US and EU, praised at Davos: President Aleksandar Vucic is on a roll. No one seems to want to contemplate the appalling assaults on press freedoms.

Joshua Shifrinson

Analysis + Opinion

January 29, 2019

Great power competition

Joshua Shifrinson, Emma Ashford, and A. Trevor ThrallCato Institute

Joshua Shifrinson, author of Rising Titans, Falling Giants, discusses foreign policy trends on a Cato Institute podcast.

U.S. military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30. (Delil Souleiman/AFP)

Analysis + Opinion

January 24, 2019

Trump wants a safe zone in Syria. Is that even possible?

Sara PlanaThe Washington Post

A Jan 13 tweet by President Trump revived the idea of imposing a safe zone--an area meant to protect civilians and minimize refugee burdens within a war zone--in Syria. Syria today looks very different from 2016, the last time there were serious public calls for a safe zone, says Sara Plana in a Washington Post oped.

 Governments have never fully loosened their grip on the flow of data. Image: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis - GF20000075156

Analysis + Opinion

January 16, 2019

National borders don't stop in the physical world – they're in cyberspace too

Meicen SunWorld Economic Forum

State sovereignty rages on with each vehicle returned and each visa revoked. But in case you thought the divisions were just physical, virtual borders have also been subtly dividing the world, writes Meicen Sun in an article for the World Economic Forum

KCNA via REUTERS A ballistic rocket launch drill of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army is seen at an unknown location, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang, March 2016.

Analysis + Opinion

January 11, 2019

The year of living dangerously with nuclear weapons

Nicholas L. Miller and Vipin NarangForeign Affairs

If the Trump administration’s foreign policy continues on its current trajectory, there is a significant chance that the United States could find itself in not one but three nuclear crises in the next 12 months.

Figure 1. An SSBN returns home from patrol.  The ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana travels in Hood Canal, Washington, May 3, 2018 as it returns to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Michael Smith. Image courtesy of US Defense Department

Analysis + Opinion

January 7, 2019

Are ballistic missile submarines still the best deterrent for the United States?

Owen R. Cote Jr.Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The service lives of the US Navy’s 14 Ohio-class nuclear-powered, ballistic nuclear missile submarines (SSBNs)…are coming to an end while their replacements, the new Columbia-class subs, undergo research and development.