Toward A New Armed Peace
January 25th, 2016
The Republic of China on Taiwan’s central strategic position on the Western Pacific periphery, its close proximity to the disputed islands of the East China Sea, and its possession of the largest natural island in the disputed Spratly Island Group of the South China Sea, provide just cause for an active Taiwan government role in the pursuit of peaceful dispute resolution in those regions. Taiwan’s direct security interest in playing such an active role is also clear. Chinese military control of the East China Sea and the South China Sea would allow the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to better threaten Taiwan and greatly complicate the ability of the United States, Japan and the Philippines to deter Chinese aggression. In the East China Sea and the South China Sea, China’s goal is to seek increasing military dominance and eventual control. This goal is not merely reactive to recent incidents such as Japan’s September 2012 purchase of the Senkaku/Daiyoutai Islands. China has had a decades-long strategy for seeking control of these regions to further envelop Taiwan militarily, protect its seaborne nuclear forces, ensure geostrategic access for future global/space power projection forces, and to diminish the U.S.-led military alliance and cooperation networks in Asia.
Paris, ISIS, and the Externalization of Evil
November 25th, 2015
Only a few days have passed since the terrorist bloodbath in Paris, but it is already clear that the conclusions France and the West have drawn from the carnage are not only wrong, but likely to guarantee more of the same. In short, they seem to believe that the terrorist acts of Nov. 13 were organized and carried out by ISIS and, therefore, destroying ISIS will prevent future terror and should become the priority. This is a dangerous delusion even if ISIS is proven to have been instrumental in the organization of the attacks, which is not the case to date. Destroying ISIS, as desirable as that is by itself, will do nothing to reverse the frightening radicalization that has taken place in the burgeoning Muslim communities in Western Europe and increasingly in the United States. A radicalization that promises more mayhem for years to come, yet one that Western authorities refuse to fess up to let alone take decisive measures against.
- China's Continued Quest for Space Dominance by Richard Fisher, Jr. [12.21.2015]
- Strengthening Taiwan’s defenses by Richard Fisher, Jr., James A. Lyons, Jr. [12.21.2015]
- Book Review: The China-Pakistan Axus: Asia’s New Geopolitics by June Teufel Dreyer, Ph.D [12.20.2015]
- China Fine-tunes Offensive Strike Capabilities by Richard Fisher, Jr. [11.06.2015]