China’s Global Security Aspirations with Afghanistan and the Taliban

By |2020-08-13T10:50:39-10:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Canyon, Journal, news, Sitaraman|Tags: , , |

“China’s Global Security Aspirations with Afghanistan and the Taliban” is the title of a paper written by Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. This paper details possible motives of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in forming new partnerships with Afghanistan through a historic lens, amidst the effects of COVID-19 and the U.S. withdrawal. Excerpt As the U.S. plans its departure from Afghanistan, China is using the COVID-19 pandemic as a backdrop to build regional ties in meetings with Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan that aim to extend the BRI. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “We [...]

China’s Salami Slicing Tactics and the Latest India-China Border Standoff

By |2020-06-09T16:58:41-10:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Journal, news, Sitaraman|Tags: , , |

“China’s Salami Slicing Tactics and the Latest India-China Border Standoff” is a new paper by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. In this OpEd, Sitaraman discusses India’s strategy for dealing with the increasing border incursions committed by China while minimalizing the effects of COVID-19 and what is required for de-escalation. Excerpt: At its heart, the People’s Republic of China is a territorially revisionist, expansionist, and hegemonic state and it will not stop until it achieves the goals of capturing all of the land and sea areas over which it believes it has “historic rights.” Beijing has particularly turned [...]

Why is China on a Hyper-Aggressive Streak during a Global Pandemic?

By |2020-06-09T16:43:17-10:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Journal, news, Sitaraman|Tags: , , , |

“Why is China on a Hyper-Aggressive Streak during a Global Pandemic?” is a new paper by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. In this OpEd, Sitaraman offers three explanations as to why China is engaged in hyper-aggressive behavior in the midst of a global pandemic. Excerpt: As the tensions surrounding China’s accountability in the cause and origins of the COVID-19 continue to mount, China has instigated a global campaign of aggressive rhetoric termed—Wolf Warrior Diplomacy and increased its assertiveness in taking advantage of countries distracted by the global pandemic. Beijing has commenced a violent political crackdown in Hong [...]

2019-NCOV Political Framing and Blame-Gaming

By |2020-05-13T14:51:20-10:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Journal, Sitaraman|Tags: , |

“2019-NCOV Political Framing and Blame-Gaming” is a new paper written by Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. In this paper, Dr. Sitaraman demonstrates how the mechanisms of political interference have historically resulted in disastrous outcomes in battling pandemics, and highlights this repeating pattern with COVID-19. Excerpt: According to an American intelligence assessment, the conclusion that 2019-nCoV is “not manmade or genetically modified” is the current official position. However, intelligence officials continue to explore “whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.” Several governments have called for [...]

Plagues, Pandemics, and Global Political Change in a Historical Context

By |2020-04-14T12:55:53-10:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Sitaraman|Tags: , , |

“Plagues, Pandemics, and Global Political Change in a Historical Context,” is a new research paper authored by Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. In this research paper, Sitaraman states that “Researchers believe that the Athenian Plague might have originated in Ethiopia made its way through the Port of Piraeus, which was a primary source for food and supplies to Athens. The Spartans burned the fields around the city walls within which the Athenian population was sheltering, hence Athens had to depend on sea routes for its food supply opening up a channel for the plague contagion. Collapse of the Greek city state [...]

Artificial Intelligence, China, Russia, and global order

By |2020-03-11T15:06:56-10:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Sitaraman|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Srini Sitaraman has a new article published in the Spring 2020 issue of the Journal of European, Middle Eastern, and African Affairs published by the Air University Press, Maxwell, AFB, AL. Sitaraman reviews the work by Nicholas Wright and his co-authors on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how AI is re-shaping the global order. Sitaraman focuses his analysis on the concerns with regards to the notion of ‘singularity’, which represents the fear that an “exponentially accelerating technological progress will create an AI that exceeds human intelligence” and that it will escape human control. Presently humans believe that they can control, contain, [...]

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