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President Barack Obama offers a toast to President Xi Jinping of China. Copyright: Flickr/The White House

How China and America Can Make a Serious North Korea Deal

October 10, 2016

While Trump’s suggestion for how to deal with North Korea is not more likely to be adopted than a few of his other ideas, the challenge of North Korea is real enough. In effect, there is a strong case to be made that the greatest threat to U.S. security that the new president will have to confront is that of North Korea.

Foreign Policy, An Interview with Deborah Kalb

September 26, 2016

This interview was conducted with Deborah Kalb in regards to Amitai Etzioni's latest publication: Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box. 

Testimony Before Asia and Pacific Subcommittee

September 22, 2016

On September 22, 2016, Professor Amitai Etzioni testified for the Asia and Pacific subcommittee hearing titled “Diplomacy and Security in the South China Sea: After the Tribunal.”  His testimony calls for a grand bargain between the United States and China and provides details about what such a bargain may include.

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Making a US-Sino War ‘Thinkable’?

September 22, 2016

A recently published study of four ways that the U.S. and China may engage in war seems at first to warn against the high human and economic costs of all four kinds of engagement. 

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To Stop Terrorism, Detain Potential Terrorists

September 12, 2016

Most law enforcement involves punishment after a crime is committed. But terrorism is no ordinary case.

Build a wall? On the beaches?

August 31, 2016

If Trump the Quack would be half serious about national security, he would call for building a wall, not on the border with Mexico, but along the beaches running from Maine to Key West, and from Seattle to San Diego.

How Aggressive Is China?

August 29, 2016

Several policymakers and other experts have called China’s behavior, especially its activities in the South and East China Seas, ‘aggressive.’ This article compares China’s behavior with a suggested definition of ‘aggression’ based on the one enshrined in international law, and it finds that these experts’ use of the term ‘aggressive’ is inconsistent with this definition.



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