These are short essays related to grand strategic topics authored by Bush School students. If you would like your work featured in this forum, please email your essay along with a brief bio to bushschoolCGS@tamu.edu.
April 15, 2021 – By Alan Linenberger: In February of this year, China and Russia announced a memorandum on lunar exploration that features the International Lunar Research Station. A permanent structure on the Moon would be the realization of collective dreams held for years – one would be forgiven for having forgotten about NASA’s plan to send a crew to the Moon by 2024. This is an emerging trend: China’s planned investment in space and plans for it are more developed and ambitious than current U.S. plans.
March 23, 2021 – By Noah A. Stevens: President Joe Biden joined the ever-growing club of U.S. presidents that have authorized airstrikes in the Middle East when the United States targeted and destroyed buildings belonging to Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria on February 25th. And while the White House justified its decision to carry out the operation by framing it as a “small” and “calibrated” military response to attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq, the situation underscores yet again the risks the United States chooses to run by maintaining a forward-deployed presence in the region.
March 5, 2021 – By Alan Chen: The dawn of the information age has opened up unparalleled opportunities and vulnerabilities. New tools such as viruses like Stuxnet can be used to attack military or civilian targets, while social media is used by terrorist groups for recruitment and by nations to propagate disinformation.
February 11, 2021 – By Ben Brewster: The Panama Canal is a vital strategic interest. However, whether the United States or China will have the upper hand there remains to be determined. The future alignment of Panama is dependent upon which nation understands the isthmian nation’s enormous strategic importance and invests accordingly.
January 29, 2021 – By Carter Keating: The United States must continue to exercise its leadership of the international world order. This leadership is especially necessary in the western hemisphere, where the United States has an opportunity to work cooperatively with Central and South American leaders to confront the transnational security issues that face them. The United States should leverage its resources, capabilities, and geopolitical slack to re-engage with Latin America and strengthen multilateral cooperation for shared benefit, security, and prosperity.
September 30, 2020 | By Niko Pittore
Time to Look Forward: How Washington Needs a New Iran Strategy
August 18, 2020 | By Ramil Kazimov
Why the US should have a new grand strategy for the Middle East
August 4, 2020 | By Michael E. Hollis
The Dragon and the Lion Come to Terms: Should the Eagle Object?
August 4, 2020 | By Niko Pittore
China and Iran: A Case Study in the Failure of American Overreach
July 27, 2020 | By Jacob Williams
Unifying U.S. Cyber Response
July 5, 2020 | By Pal Brahmbhatt
H1B1 Reversal: Undervaluing the Soft Power of Immigration
June 9, 2020 | By Benjamin Zimmer
A Logical Friendship: The South Korea-United States Relationship
April 29, 2020 | By Toby Pope
U.S. Political Polarization And Grand Strategy
Feb. 10, 2020 | by J. Tedford Tyler
The Arctic’s Future Role in American Security and Prosperity
Oct. 11, 2019 | by Logan Wolff
Donald Trump Gives Turkey the Green Light to Invade Northern Syria