NATO’s New Challenge in East Asia

Jun 16, 2021

US President Joe Biden used the occasion of his trip to Europe for the G7 summit to attend his first NATO meeting. His influence on the meeting appeared unambiguously when a communiqué by the NATO alliance designated China’s influence on the world stage as a military challenge.  NATO...

Does the World Need to Contain China?
Jun 11, 2021

Does the World Need to Contain China?

They Are Coming for Us
Jun 09, 2021

They Are Coming for Us

What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?
Jun 07, 2021

What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

May 12, 2021

Great expectations are placed on hydrogen as an energy carrier. In the future, the climate-neutral molecule will replace fossil fuels in applications where direct electrification is impossible or too expensive. This enables effective climate protection in energy-intensive industries, heavy...

The Wild Bactrian Camel: An Animal Hero for Our Time?

The Wild Bactrian Camel: An Animal Hero for Our Time?

May 07, 2021

It is inarguable that cuteness matters in campaigns focused on animal protection and conservation. Feeling a connection to a species engenders compassion and the desire to see its continuity, and even moves us to engage in programs focused on its survival. Although beauty is in the eye of the...

The New York Times Has Feelings for China

The New York Times Has Feelings for China

Apr 23, 2021

A significant event took place this week at the annual Boao conference, China’s version of the Davos World Economic Forum. It offered clues about the state of a changing world. Obsessed by the Chauvin trial, US media paid little attention to it. The Washington Post lazily printed a 400-word...

The Matter of Xi’s Succession

The Matter of Xi’s Succession

Apr 21, 2021

At the all-important two sessions (lianghui) meetings last month, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials adopted a new and surprisingly unambitious Five-Year Plan, reoriented the country’s technology strategy and redoubled the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong. All of this was documented...

The Spread of Global Hate

The Spread of Global Hate

Apr 16, 2021

One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo Bay was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which included everything from Metallica to the Meow Mix jingle, was intended to disorient the captives and impress upon them the futility of resistance. It worked: This...

Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

Apr 14, 2021

Burma, as Myanmar was known then, won its independence from the British in 1948. Since then, bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar can at best be described as lackluster. They have lacked what experts would call “strategic compulsions.” Western allies of the US lack strategic calculus...

Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness

Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness

Apr 14, 2021

What choices are available to a nation that, in its quest for modernization, foolishly built a nuclear reactor in a seismically active tsunami zone? The Royal Society reported in 2015 that the disastrous fate of Fukushima in 2011 resulted from a “cascade of engineering and regulatory...

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

Apr 13, 2021

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel finds himself in a confusing moral quandary as he struggles to weigh the merits of his nerdish belief in cryptocurrency against his patriotic paranoia focused on China’s economic rivalry with the United States. Participating in “a virtual event held for...

Escaping Thucydides’ Trap: Keeping the Peace Between Rising and Reigning Powers

Escaping Thucydides’ Trap: Keeping the Peace Between Rising and Reigning Powers

Apr 05, 2021

A conflict between the United States and China seems increasingly likely. A trade war that began several years ago has had economic repercussions for both sides. In the South China Sea, Chinese aggression against Taiwan is checked by the US military. In cybersphere, the war has already begun, as...

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea

Mar 30, 2021

Although things have been quiet in recent months and there has been no active dialogue between North Korea and the United States, developments in recent days suggest that Pyongyang is back on the agenda of the international community. First, it became known that the US has been reaching out to...

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