During Trump’s tenure the World Order has undergone dramatic changes. To adapt, America needs more than a new foreign policy – it needs a revolutionary economic policy. After Joe Biden was officially declared President-Elect, pundits raced to deduce how a Democratic administration might reform policy. High on the foreign policy agenda is relations with China. Trump once faced mockery for his fixation with China – … Continue reading Trade after Trump: Business, Biden and the Belt and Road
Through his retelling of modern Burmese history, Thant Myin-U traces the often-overlooked causes of conflict in a complicated nation. Among them: ethno-nationalism, indeed, but also burgeoning capitalist markets, seismic economic restructuring, proletarianization and the thunderous march of neoliberalism. Continue reading Burmese Days: Whither the National League for Democracy?
Unlike the bipolar US electorate, Chinese intellectuals stand in one of three corners: those who support Biden, those who earnestly support Trump (yes, really) and those who support Trump only cynically. Continue reading A Nation of Melon-Eaters: How China Views the US Election.
Donald Trump is eager for foreign policy victories before America’s election, but the CCP’s plenum has also made note of the “strategic opportunity” to “grasp the changing international situation” and should be looking for diplomatic victories to burnish its reputation as a reliable mediator. Competition between the two to secure peace in historically troubled parts of the world offers a glimmer of hope for multi-polar international relations. Continue reading China’s Dam Dilemma: Strategic Competition in the Horn of Africa
“America first” may have created the strategic space for historical hegemons, but there is a new stakeholder on the scene that has so far struggled to adequately assess the issue – China. Continue reading The Belt and Road Interrupted? Karabakh Tests Chinese Diplomacy