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Outmaneuvering China

by Ehsan Ahrari on November 16, 2011, No Comments

The promise of "Pacific presidency" of Barak Obama is producing some impressive results lately in the Asia-pacific in countering the diplomatic challenges and military maneuvers of the People's Republic of China (PRC).  In the realm of diplomacy, the United States is pushing Obama's multilateralism to a new height; in the realm of military preparedness the AirSea Battle doctrine is establishing once again the long-standing innovativeness of America's military in countering its actual and potential adversaries.  The opening of a new American military base in Australia is definitely a new and a permanent achievement of the Obama administration, considering that the chances of America's closing of that base in the foreseeable future are remote.  Even though the United States insists that China is not an adversary, all indications point that both Washington and Beijing are constantly eyeing each other as such at least in their military modernization plans. (more…)
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Challenges and Prospects of India’s Leadership in South Asia and Asia-Pacific

by Ehsan Ahrari on July 21, 2011, No Comments

One of the infrequently mentioned features of U.S. foreign policy is that it wants it allies to emulate its behavior as a leader and as a trailblazer.  America's emergence as the global leader of the so-called "free world" during the Cold War years was an example of trailblazing and original thinking.  It took full advantage of that occasion and presided over the creation of world-class economic institutions and trade regimes, a number of which proved to be quite enduring. It established a number of military alliances in different regions of the world to contain the Soviet Union.  One such alliance, NATO, is not only still around today but is also directly involved in helping the U.S. fight the war in Afghanistan. The very notion of "containment" was highly imaginative and steadily became highly nuanced during the Cold War–even though its founding father, George F. Kennan, remained critical of the fact that it became overly militarized in its dealings with the Soviet Union.  (mo
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Mil-to-Mil Contacts Are Only a Tool for Smooth U.S.-China Relations, Nothing More

by Ehsan Ahrari on May 17, 2011, No Comments

The news that China and the U.S. have reestablished their military-to-military (mil-to-mil) contacts is indeed a positive development. However, the differences between these two major actors promise to keep the element of competition both alive and steady. Thus, while not denying the benefits of sustaining such contacts, one has to keep in mind that they are no guarantee for smooth ties. (more…)
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The North Korean Brinkmanship and Sino-American Maneuvers

by Ehsan Ahrari on November 28, 2010, No Comments

Authoritarian regimes are so hard to predict in terms of why they make specific decisions; when there is likely to be major shifts in their foreign policy, even on issues of high politics; and especially how candid those regimes are in dealing with each other. These are some of the bewildering issues involving North Korean-Sino relations, especially the modalities of their ties.  We know that North Korea is heavily dependent for its survival as a state on China's economic assistance.  However, it is anyone's guess how much leeway Beijing has granted to Kim Jong Il.  North Korea specialists in Washington do little better than their Kremlinologist counterparts did during the Cold War years in understanding and their prediction of the decisions taken by the leaders of the Soviet Union.  However, every North Korea or China specialist inside the U.S. was awe-stricken when, on November 23, 2010, North Korea shelled South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow China Sea, which is only 50
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Sayonara, Yoshida Doctrine; Hello, Hatoyama Doctrine; Whither U.S.-Japan Ties?

by Ehsan Ahrari on January 31, 2010, No Comments

When the global dialogue about an ostensible power shift to Asia from the West was heating up, no one was imagining that Japan would be reassessing its historical ties with the United States. The Yoshida Doctrine – named after Japan's post-World War II Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida – was expected to be the cornerstone of that country's foreign policy. Toward the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, a new Hatoyama Doctrine – named after its current Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama – seems to be emerging, while Japan might be bidding sayonara to the Yoshida doctrine. (http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a713704248&db=all) (more…)