Visiting Scholar, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
The Middle East is where Africa, Asia, and Europe meet, where the three Abrahamic religions were born, and where their holiest places are. It’s where the planet’s hydrocarbon resources are most abundant and accessible, and where the strategic lines of com
Visiting Scholar, Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Fifty-three years ago, as a young foreign service officer, I helped ensure that Taipei rather than Beijing continued to represent China in the United Nations Security Council and elsewhere internationally. Since then, I have seen relations between China a
Ladies and gentlemen, I congratulate all of you on your participation in Saudi Aramco’s management development seminar. Your selection marks you as future leaders of your country’s premier institution. As such, some of you will become important actors on
I have spent much of the past fifty years trying to help the United States benefit from a sound, mutually advantageous relationship with China. I wish both countries well, but I confess I remain primarily concerned about my own country and its future. The sharp deterioration in Sino-American re
Senior Fellow, the Watson Institute, Brown University
(Not delivered due to the suspension of public gatherings during the Covid-19 Pandemic)
The United States has responded to the rapid growth in Chinese wealth and power by doubling down on efforts to sustain American primacy in the Indo-Pacific. The unstated presuppositions driving this American response are that:
Senior Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University
(Not delivered due to the suspension of public gatherings caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic)
I have been working on the development of diplomatic doctrine, something we will need when we rebuild America’s atrophied diplomatic capabilities and competencies. My topic today is the taxonomy of relations between states and the varieties of strategy they have available to them.
The 21st century arrived belatedly – but with a bang – on September 11, 2001, when aircraft repurposed as improvised cruise missiles blew up the World Trade Towers and part of the Pentagon. In the two short decades since the shock and awe of that attack,
This was not a retaliation, as claimed, but the pre-planned exploitation of a pretext to assassinate a foreign official designated as an enemy as well as the commander of an Iraqi militia hostile to the United States. It was an act of war that will inevitably evoke reprisal. Iran has already pr
There is a rhythm in the affairs of men, a pattern shaped by enduring interests.It echoes through the ages.So, it is no surprise that empires and external great powers have regularly found themselves drawn to the Red Sea, Arabian Peninsula, and Persian Gulf region.