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 [...]

Strategic Competition: Why Pakistan Matters

By |2020-07-15T10:55:19-10:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Yamin, Journal, news|Tags: , , , |

“Strategic Competition: Why Pakistan Matters,” is the title of an OpEd written by Dr. Saira Yamin for Security Nexus. This paper emphasizes the importance of the U.S. maintaining a strong relationship with Pakistan as strategic competition with China intensifies. Excerpt: It is worth noting that Pakistan remains vitally important to U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific, not least because of its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China who regards it as an “element of its strategic competition with the United States and India.” The current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations is symptomatic of an increasing ambiguity that is counterproductive to advancing U.S. [...]

New OpEd on India and its Neighbors by Shyam Tekwani

By |2020-07-01T14:53:36-10:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Tekwani, External Publications, news|Tags: , , , |

“India’s bullying of its neighbours boosted China. Now it needs to build a strong backyard.” DKI APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani writes for the South China Morning Post. The opinion piece states that: “after facilitating China’s expansionist goals by treating nearby countries badly, India needs to demonstrate good neighbourliness to realise its global potential. According to Tekwani, India needs to “to build the strong and prosperous backyard it needs to realise its own potential to become an influential voice in global decision-making.” Read the full article The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do [...]

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 [...]

The Post-COVID19 World: Globalization with Different Characteristics

By |2020-06-09T16:52:12-10:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Watson, Canyon, Journal, news|Tags: , , , , |

“The Post-COVID19 World: Globalization with Different Characteristics” is a new paper co-authored by DKI APCSS professors Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Virginia Bacay Watson for Security Nexus. This OpEd speculates on how trade strategies combined with US-China strategic competition and the ongoing economic decoupling of the world’s top two economies may redefine the nature of post-COVID19 globalization. Excerpt: For the first time in recent history, a decoupling process features two countries upholding opposing political ideologies that inform their respective visions of world order. In effect, the economic decoupling also draws an ideological line of separation between the US and China. Read [...]

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 [...]

Making the Most of It, Part II: Xi Jinping Leverages Coronavirus ‘War Without Smoke’ to Spur Digital Transformation, Test National Defense Mobilization

By |2020-04-27T12:19:21-10:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Journal, Dorman|Tags: , , , , , |

“Making the Most of It, Part II: Xi Jinping Leverages Coronavirus ‘War Without Smoke’ to Spur Digital Transformation, Test National Defense Mobilization” is a new paper authored by Dr. David Dorman for Security Nexus. In this paper, Dorman states that “Despite being tied to the pandemic or “economic restart,” current Chinese domestic propaganda efforts on topics ranging from “crisis management” to “digital transformation” and “defense mobilization” did not originate with the coronavirus. Instead, each represents an agile repackaging of Communist Party guidance and propaganda messaging that was already months or years old. Facing a crisis of confidence following its muddled response to [...]

Sending the COVID-19 Immune to Work to Prevent Economic Catastrophe

By |2020-04-16T16:43:40-10:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Canyon, Journal|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Deon Canyon shares his Security Nexus perspective on “Sending the COVID-19 Immune to Work to Prevent Economic Catastrophe.” In this paper, Canyon writes “Widespread introduction of commercial and societal lockdown practices is helping to flatten the curve of new coronavirus cases, while simultaneously inflicting great harm on our economy and individual finances. The global pandemic continues to spread worldwide, yet business leaders are already exerting pressure on political leaders to adapt protection measures to better protect commercial interests.” Read full paper Security Nexus is a peer-reviewed, online journal published by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

China’s Global Covid-19 Assistance is Humanitarian and Geopolitical. That’s Why People are Worried.

By |2020-04-14T11:41:18-10:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Journal, Dorman|Tags: , , , , |

Dr. David Dorman shares his Security Nexus perspective on “China’s Global COVID-19 Assistance is Humanitarian and Geopolitical. That’s Why People are Worried.” In this paper, Dorman writes “The main thrust of the Chinese Communist Party’s domestic propaganda work since late January has focused on masking the early role of the Party in stifling public health transparency and creating the pandemic crisis. The primary propaganda message, widely disseminated in domestic state-run media, highlighted the “political and organizational advantage” of the Communist Party in tackling the health emergency once the decision to contain the crisis was made in Beijing.” Read full paper Security [...]

Perceptions of Indigenous Security Practitioners on China’s Geostrategic Activities in the Pacific

By |2020-04-10T11:49:58-10:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Faculty Articles, Canyon, Journal|Tags: , , , |

“Perceptions of Indigenous Security Practitioners on China’s Geostrategic Activities in the Pacific” is a new research paper authored by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. Excerpt: “Increasing regional activity by China and the increased United States focus on Oceania are already affecting regional stability, which is affecting nations that have a security relationship with traditional partners and an economic relationship with non-traditional partners, such as China.1 Pacific Island nations understandably view geopolitical strategic competition for regional influence and resources as an opportunity to play competitors against each other and are taking advantage of increased access to aid, concessional loans, defense and [...]

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