Category Archives: Grand Strategy

The Return of Great Power Territorial Ambition?

Congress of Vienna 1815 en.wikipedia.org

Great power rivalry has forcefully reappeared.  It is a jolt for anyone that follows international governance to watch the Russian actions in the Crimea and to hear the assertions and rationalizations by Russia’s President Putin concerning Russian annexation of the … Continue reading

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From Past to Future Historical Lessons and the US-China Relationship

World War I (2)

  The historiography of World War I and the examination of the events that led to war on August 4, 1914 are enormous.  Notwithstanding that very large historical and analytic record, the examination of the approach to World War I … Continue reading

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The Flood of Remembrance – 100 Years Since the Great War

WorldWar I British_55th_Division_gas_casualties_10_April_1918

With the recent turn of the calendar to 2014, we find ourselves closing in on August 4, 2014.  That date records a civilization-shaking anniversary. On that date 100 years ago the European powers went to war – to be joined … Continue reading

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Still A Dialogue of the Deaf – Pivot and Containment

Hagel @ Shangri-la June 2013

  On the eve of the first summit between US President Obama and China’s new President Xi Jinping scheduled for the 7th and 8th at Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California,  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered an annual and … Continue reading

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Are We Facing Diplomacy’s Enfeeblement?

I was wandering through the pages of a volume on the approach to war in August 1914.  And the reason.  We are now closing in on 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. A significant number of historians … Continue reading

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Debating Continuing American Global Leadership

As a descant to the US-China relations melody, there is a rising debate at least among the cognoscenti over US global leadership.  A recent addition to that debate is a piece from International Security brought to you by Stephen Brooks … Continue reading

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Structural Complexity in the Global System

[Editors Note - Arthur was another expert that joined the Harvard-Beida Conference earlier in the month.] The disjuncture between economic and military structure is not a new phenomenon.  The Cold War, certainly from the early 1960s on, consisted of military … Continue reading

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Looking at the Big Question

Well I am looking forward with anticipation to a conference here in Beijing that begins this evening.  Now I didn’t exactly count on clean air in Beijing – but I didn’t expect the most unbelievable  dirty air I’ve ever seen.  … Continue reading

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“What’s on Second”

So let’s stipulate – I like acting like a US lawyer – that the US grand strategy  of the second term seems fixed on Asian rebalancing or  a ‘Pivot’, and that we have at least some acknowledgement in the halls … Continue reading

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Between Hegemony and Balance of Power – The US in Asia

  Defining a contemporary grand strategy for the United States that is no longer hegemony but is not mere traditional balance of power, strategists have turned their attention to: “offshore balancing”.  Bizarrely this grand strategy has attracted a variety of … Continue reading

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