The Ice Dragon: The Way to a Win-Win in Sino-American Relations

Introduction The Arctic Circle’s once inhospitable environment is changing dramatically.  The geopolitics of the region have changed dramatically over the last ten years and climate change is part of this.  Russia planted their flag on the seabed of the North Pole in 2007 and have been building up military installments ever since.  China has been … Continue reading The Ice Dragon: The Way to a Win-Win in Sino-American Relations

Putinization of the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

Introduction The Arctic Ocean is one of the few places left unexplored on Earth.  Its vast frozen landmass and seas encompass all that is north of 66° 33'N, otherwise known as the Arctic Circle. It is bordered by the United States (Alaska), Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Iceland, and of course, Russia.  Outside of the littoral … Continue reading Putinization of the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

The Dragon and the Elephant: Communication Rebooted

There is no doubt major clashes have affected Sino-Indian relations over the decades.  The 1959 Tibetan Uprising protesting Chinese rule resulted in Indian recognition and promised sanctuary of the Dalai Lama.  A disputed Himalayan border caused clashes with troops from both sides culminating a Chinese win in the 1962 Sino-Indian War.  Further border incidents occurred … Continue reading The Dragon and the Elephant: Communication Rebooted

The Power of Our Example

United States domestic policies under President Trump have obvious implications within the US, but internationally as well.  Some nations have publicly decried these beliefs, but interestingly, these governments tend to be strong and its citizens generally safe.  Few of these countries have spoken up for the newer or emerging republics, or the governmentally struggling.  Trump’s … Continue reading The Power of Our Example

Mackinder and Mahan: The Chinese Geopolitics in South Asia

Geopolitics are always at play within international relations, but none more so than the current role the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has in South Asia.  Sir Halford Mackinder explained the Heartland Theory in “The Geographical Pivot of History” in 1904.  Whichever nation controlled Eastern Europe would control the Heartland (the core of Eurasia); subsequently … Continue reading Mackinder and Mahan: The Chinese Geopolitics in South Asia

Community of Han Destiny, Not a Common Destiny

The Middle Kingdom has struck hypocrisy again with its lofty ideals of equality, security, inclusive development, promoting respect for differences, and a greener environment.  How can Xi Jinping Thought encompass these optimistic beliefs along with his socialism with Chinese characteristics?  Since the two cannot merge, one strategy becomes dominant, while the other a façade.  His … Continue reading Community of Han Destiny, Not a Common Destiny

The Dragon’s Indian Ocean Grasp

The Maldivian government is a fragile democracy, with its first elected president, Mohamad Nasheed, in 2008. After a controversial ruling where he jailed a judge in 2012, Nasheed resigned and the people eventually elected Abdulla Yameen as their next leader.  Although not necessarily a defining factor of his personality, Yameen is the half-brother of the … Continue reading The Dragon’s Indian Ocean Grasp

实事求是 “Seek Truth from Facts”

Abstract The East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) is a separatist terrorist organization within the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), a province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Their main goal is to create a caliphate from lands in Central Asia and Western China. China, however, is doing all it can to prevent this from … Continue reading 实事求是 “Seek Truth from Facts”

Target: Delhi Lashkar-e-Taiba and an Improvised Nuclear Device

Abstract Since the independence of the British subcontinent, India and Pakistan have been at odds.  Religious and political differences have led to warfare, border clashes, nuclear missile testing, and terrorist attacks.  The biggest concern, however, is the Province of Jammu and Kashmir, who should control it, and the lack of follow through with Indian promises … Continue reading Target: Delhi Lashkar-e-Taiba and an Improvised Nuclear Device