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South China Sea on a Boil
South China Sea on a Boil
Chinese Bomber Flies Over Spratlys in Show of Force

The Chinese have made another power move over disputed islands in the South China Sea.

South China Sea on a Boil
China Seizes US Drone In South China Sea

China’s latest move is a provocative power play that is sure to reverberate across a nervous Asia.

South China Sea on a Boil
Vietnam Builds Its Own Runway in South China Sea

Vietnam tries to give China a taste of its own medicine.

South China Sea on a Boil
Russia Plans to Make a Splash in South China Sea

Putin continues to pursue a poor man’s foreign policy. We should ask ourselves why it’s working so well.

South China Sea on a Boil
Nationalist Pressure Rises in China

President Xi and his predecessors have stoked nationalist fires for years, and it’s not going to be easy for him to back down or sit put for long.

South China Sea on a Boil
Philippines Turns Down Talks Amidst Chinese “Combat Air Patrols”

The muscle flexing apparently didn’t help China’s overtures to the Philippines for an alternative, bilateral settlement.

South China Sea on a Boil
China Intercepts U.S. Fighter Jet

Ahead of President Obama’s trip to east Asia this weekend, things are heating up in the South China Sea.

South China Sea on a Boil
Pentagon Expects Beijing to Speed Up South China Sea Construction

All indications are that China believes 2016 is a critical year for the South China Sea.

South China Sea on a Boil
Is China Building Floating Nuclear Plants for the South China Sea?

Color us skeptical.

South China Sea on a Boil
China and U.S. Spar Verbally over South China Sea

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also compared Beijing’s island fortifications to U.S. military outposts in Hawaii.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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