Relations with China: History is Key

China’s growing influence over the Asian region is becoming obvious.  Their Belt Road Initiative (BRI) is gaining popularity and free trade agreements are both flowing and forthcoming.  The nations of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Mongolia, South Korea, and Taiwan all have history with China, and some millennia longer than others.  Navigating this past is necessary … Continue reading Relations with China: History is Key

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

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