This is the second of three lectures on the United States’ global role in the 21st century. The first deals with the causes and consequences of the crumbling of the Pax American. The third addresses the need for renewed agility in American diplomacy.
This is the first of three lectures on the United States’ global role in the 21st century. The second will address American floundering in the new world disorder. The third will speak to the need for unprecedented agility in American diplomacy.
Twenty-six years ago, when the elder President Bush asked me to be his ambassador to Saudi Arabia, he assured me that "nothing much ever happens in Arabia." That had been the case for quite a while. Now no one would refer to any part of the Middle East – even the Arabian Peninsula – as a zone o
World War II ended with the obliteration of Japanese hegemony in the Western Pacific and its replacement by that of the United States. We Americans disarmed Japan and imposed a pacifist constitution on it.
The Indo-Pacific has emerged as the global center of economic gravity. So refocusing American attention to it makes sense. But, even though the region’s increased influence at the global level is not political and is only marginally military, the "rebalance" is almost entirely military. It
This gathering has featured lively discussions of investment in various forms of infrastructure, logistics management, and natural resources. Originally, I was going to talk about China's role in commodity market volatility.
These days, people who talk about the Indo-Pacific region — the arc of Asia from Japan through China to Pakistan — always begin by noting that it's becoming the world's center of economic gravity. That's true. The region's economy is now half again as large as America's or Europe's.
For centuries, the islands and other land features of the South China Sea were seen as places to be avoided — valueless hazards to navigation. The waters around them were treated by fishermen as an unregulated regional commons where everybody, regardless of nationality, could find and take what
Saudi Arabia has done it again! On January 23, it dismayed foreign pundits by failing to sink into the anarchy they speculated might follow the death of its king, 'Abdullah. Instead, the Kingdom carried off yet another flawless passing of the leadership baton.