“The Problem of Equality: Powerplay Dilemmas in the U.S.-Japan Alliance”

Below is a summary of my thinking on my thesis I prepared for a practice presentation yesterday: The Problem of Equality: Powerplay Dilemmas in the U.S.-Japan Alliance


Rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific Region and Implications for U.S. National Security (July 24, 2013)

Obama’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ has received a lot of attention this year on Capitol Hill. The best example is the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is in midst of a comprehensive series of oversight hearings on topics as diverse as economics and defense to human rights and the environment.


Hearing on the Nomination of Daniel R. Russel to be A/S EAP (June 20, 2013)

Two months ago, career FSO Daniel R. Russel was nominated as Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (A/S EAP). Russel has worked in the dark underbelly of the White House at the NSC since early 2009. According to the presiding officer at the hearing, Senator Ben Cardin, “Mr. Russel… was a major architect of the…
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Managing Tensions in the South China Sea (June 5-6, 2013)

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Historical Analogies in the Pivot to Asia (Abstract)

Research question In 2011, the Obama administration unveiled a much-publicized “pivot to Asia”—a grand strategy to strengthen America’s position in the region through the overt use of military, diplomatic, economic, and cultural instruments. “Pivot” is an appropriate title; it is a definitive break from past policy. Waxing engagement and waning containment characterized American strategy towards…
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