These are short essays related to grand strategy topics authored by CGS student affiliates and fellows.
August 23, 2021 – By Annie Joy Williams: Since the 2011 Arab Spring, Arab states have normalized tough crackdowns on journalists covering post-revolutionary conditions or speaking out against Arab governments. One country that has been identified as having particularly restrictive policies against journalists is Egypt.
Build Back American Engagement with Southeast Asia: The B3W Partnership and the American Approach to Southeast Asia
August 6, 2021 – By Roy Eakin: No region of the world possesses as significant a role in the competition between the United States and China as Southeast Asia. While the region possesses great amounts of political and cultural diversity, one trend is evident throughout the region: the resurgence of Chinese influence. Gone are the days when support for communist insurgencies was one of the biggest exports from the People’s Republic of China to the region.
May 27, 2021 – By Abdel Rahman Taha: For decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a major challenge facing US policy in the Middle East. Failure to solve the conflict and the rise of common threats facing US allies in the region, such as Iran and Islamist movements, led to its decline as a priority, creating the impression that the conflict can be crushed or bypassed.
May 13, 2021 – By Lane Burdette: Submarine communications cables are critical infrastructure which carry over 97% of all internet traffic, including $10 trillion in global transactions. They are irreplaceable, as transmission via satellite is slower, more expensive, and insufficient to meet capacity needs even if dramatically improved. There are currently 426 publicly known, in-service submarine cables globally. Cable faults are common—more than 100 are reported annually—and most breaks are the result of normal finishing or anchoring activity. However, the submarine cable network is vulnerable to manipulation.
April 28, 2021 – By Roy Eakin: Great powers never rest in advancing their interests. With the spread of COVID-19, great powers like China, Russia, and the United States all rushed to use “vaccine diplomacy” to achieve political aims. The soft power element of “vaccine
diplomacy” recently become relevant to the complicated world of Cross-Strait relations. In particular, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) attempted to use lucrative vaccine offers to entice Paraguay, one of Taiwan’s few remaining official allies, to switch its alliance from Taipei to Beijing.
April 13, 2021 | By Alan Linenberger
Zero-G Balancing: The U.S. must take steps to compete with China’s initiatives
March 23, 2021 | By Noah A. Stevens
It Takes Two to Spiral: The Pitfalls of an American Forward Presence
March 5, 2021 | By Alan Chen
Culture, Media, and Soft Power: China & the United States
February 11, 2021 | By Ben Brewster
In Support of the Isthmus: Countering China’s Designs on Panama
January 15, 2021 | By Caitlyn Bess
Asylum for Afghan Women After U.S. Withdrawal
December 21, 2020 | By Adriel Arguelles
A Shift in East Asia’s Balance of Influence is Coming: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
December 16, 2020 | By Ramil Kazimov
A New Look at Deterrence: What Do a Series of Attacks on Iran and the Karabakh War Tell Us About Next Generation Warfare?
November 24, 2020 | By Audrey Kuhnle
Expanding and Strengthening the ‘Quad’: A Case for a Pacific Region Defense Pact
November 16, 2020 | By CJ Godkin
Lingering Specters: Student Visas, Strategic Missteps, and the Cautionary Tale of Qian Xuesen
October 16, 2020 | By Laura Leddy
A Grand Strategy for the Climate
October 12, 2020 | By Jael Espinoza-Tischler
Religious Engagement: The Role of Persecuted Religious Minorites in U.S. Foreign Policy
September 30, 2020 | By Niko Pittore
Time to Look Forward: How Washington Needs a New Iran Strategy
August 26, 2020 | By Danyale C. Kellogg
Beyond PPE: The Health and National Security Threats Posed by the United States’ Reliance on China for Medical and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
August 18, 2020 | By Ramil Kazimov
Why the US should have a new grand strategy for the Middle East
August 12, 2020 | By CJ Godkin
Mightier Than the Sword: Preparing American Diplomacy for a Post-Primacy World
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 Noah A. Stevens
On The Sustainability Of American Foreign Policy: A Case For Doing Less
July 27, 2020 | By Jacob Williams
Unifying U.S. Cyber Response
July 20, 2020 | By Caitlyn Bess
Running Out the Clock on China
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. 20, 2020 | By Ramil Kazimov
America’s Undefined Interests in the Middle East
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