Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom

You can, and everyone with an interest in the global strategic situation and, especially, the evolving relationship between America and China should watch/listen to and read Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore's, address to the 2019 Shangri-la Dialogue. It stands, in my considered opinion, as a truly expert strategic survey of the current global situation … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

So, just a few months ago the budget battles between Italy and the EU were seen, by some observers, as being even more important for the future of Europe than was the Brexit. The headline in Bloomberg Businessweek shouted that "The EU Is More Worried About Italy Than Brexit ~ Brussels can handle losing London, but … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

Everyman’s Strategic Survey (No 47, I think, but I may have lost count): Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue

James Dobbins, Howard J. Shatz, and Ali Wyne, writing for the RAND Organization, suggest, in a recent article, that "Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer ... [and] ... China Is a Peer, Not a Rogue." That's something I have been saying, less succinctly, for several years. "Great power competition has returned," the authors say, "China and … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey (No 47, I think, but I may have lost count): Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: NOT Cold War 2.0

Further to my recent comments on Cold War 2.0 and on how to have (some) free(er) trade with Asia, including China, The Economist suggests that "The National Security Strategy released by President Donald Trump’s administration last year augured a major change in China-US relations. Where its predecessors lauded the merits of co-operation with the emerging … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: NOT Cold War 2.0

Everyman’s Strategic Survey (45): How China might evolve

Putting aside the potential very ill effects (for both sides) of the ongoing Sino-American trade war, Dr Hahm Chaibong, who is president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea, and was, previously a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, professor in the School of International Relations … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey (45): How China might evolve

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: America In Retreat

There are two very similar articles in two influential journals that are closely related: In the Financial Times, Philip Stephens writes in an article headlined "Donald Trump has sounded America’s global retreat," that "The guiding assumptions of modern American foreign policy were set out in a document written in 1950 for president Harry Truman. NSC-68 as it … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: America In Retreat

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Salafi-jihadism

Katherine Zimmerman, a research fellow at the generally conservative American Enterprise Institute, has written a good article for Foreign Affairs in which she explains that, while: "It may appear as if a global victory over the Islamic State is near, but it is not. What U.S. policymakers never seem to learn is that when it … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Salafi-jihadism