CategoryInternational Relations

ASEAN and geopolitical rivalries

Relations between the United States and China were always destined to end up in difficult territory. Whenever the world’s number two power (today China) is about to overtake the world’s …

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How Strongmen Co-opted Democracy

The global spread of democracy, a Western gift to the world, was meant to result in the election of liberal, pro-Western leaders. Instead, a wave of strongmen rulers has been …

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Thucydides Trap or Tug-of-War?

After Stalin, Churchill and Truman ratified what amounted to a spheres-of-influence deal at Potsdam in 1945, George Orwell was seized with a sense of inevitability about perpetual war between the …

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