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Retaliation

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On July 17, 2019
China is threatening to retaliate against US arms manufacturers who sell equipment to Taiwan. It’s not the first time such threats have been made, but the nature of the trade war has lent them a degree of credibility this time around: The three most obvious targets for sanction, according to the New York Times, are General Dynamics, Oshkosh, […]

Disentanglement

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On July 16, 2019

Also at the Diplomat, a bit about the efforts of some South Korean firms to disentangle themselves from the Chinese market: The SCMP report describing the decision-making of firms such as Lotte and

The China Offset

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On July 15, 2019

Over at the Diplomat I write a bit about a recent CNAS report on China, and how thinking about China has driven trends in US military procurement: Work and Grant relate a series of arguments that will

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Aimee Fox’s Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914–1918 is simply one of the best accounts of how military organizations learn that I’ve ever read. Fox describes in great detail the mechanisms through which the British Army tried to update itself in World War I.  She demonstrates that many of […]
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The situation with North Korea seems to be developing in a more positive direction as of the past few days, but things could still go south. Over at the Diplomat, I reviewed Jeff Lewis’ excellent speculative novel, The 2020 Commission Report. It’s short and effective, and is useful in thinking through how decision-making in the […]

Not Good, Nicolas

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On July 5, 2019

This is ugly. Venezuelan special forces have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings in the past 18 months and then manipulated crime scenes to make it look as if the victims had been resistin

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