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Targeting China’s Core Interests Is A Fool’s Errand

Targeting China’s Core Interests Is A Fool’s Errand

The U.S.’ great power competition with China is intensifying on a number of fronts simultaneously, namely trade, security, and human rights. Current U.S. pressure on China through the Hong Kong protests actually manages to intertwine all three areas concurrently. However, as with the origins of current U.S.-Russian tensions being traced back decades to several factors, […]

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A Deep DIVE For New Great Power Competition

A Deep DIVE For New Great Power Competition

The U.S. must engage in more long-term, strategic thinking in order to compete effectively in the new great power competition with both China and Russia.

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U.S. Now Officially Wants New Cold War With China

U.S. Now Officially Wants New Cold War With China

The U.S. confirms that its trade war with China was just the opening salvo in a much larger geopolitical struggle, resulting in a new Cold War.

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More Bold, Risk-Assuming, Presidential Pragmatism on DPRK Needed

More Bold, Risk-Assuming, Presidential Pragmatism on DPRK Needed

The president’s instincts, to which he alone is privy, are responsible for cutting through endless reams of Washington analysis paralysis and contributing to the start of (hopefully) results-based diplomacy.

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Any Indo-Pacific Paradigm Must Include China to Work

Any Indo-Pacific Paradigm Must Include China to Work

Any paradigm, whether trade or security-related, which purports to exclude Chinese interests in Asia is a recipe for disaster

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The Tempestuousness of U.S. Foreign Policy Blows in a New Order

The Tempestuousness of U.S. Foreign Policy Blows in a New Order

Allies, partners, and adversaries, all caught in the storm of current of U.S. foreign policy, may be waiting for a long while for the harsh winds to die down.

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China Abolishes Presidential Term Limits To Increase Economic Stability

China Abolishes Presidential Term Limits To Increase Economic Stability

China’s move to abolish its limit on presidential terms aims to increase economic stability, thereby increasing the government’s domestic legitimacy for the long-term.

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“Little” Rocket Man Doesn’t Seem So Little Anymore

“Little” Rocket Man Doesn’t Seem So Little Anymore

Continued U.S. military threats against the DPRK waste precious time which could be better spent in earnest negotiations recognizing each party’s interests.

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The U.S.’ Outreach To Regional Hegemons Is Both Right And Wrong

The U.S.’ Outreach To Regional Hegemons Is Both Right And Wrong

To successfully resolve regional crises, the U.S. must acknowledge and prioritize the core security interests of regional hegemons.

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“We Don’t Want The Smoking Gun To Be A Mushroom Cloud.”

“We Don’t Want The Smoking Gun To Be A Mushroom Cloud.”

Washington’s Russiagate obsession risks isolation both from international partners and, infinitely more crucial, its own citizenry.

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Qu Yuan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, & Why Strategy is Necessary for Survival

Qu Yuan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, & Why Strategy is Necessary for Survival

Both Qu Yuan and Zbigniew Brzezinski serve as lessons for the role effective foreign policy strategy can play in a state’s survival.

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North Korea Offers an Opportunity for U.S.-Russia Collaboration

North Korea Offers an Opportunity for U.S.-Russia Collaboration

As the other great power which borders North Korea, Russia offers the U.S. a tricky avenue, but avenue nonetheless, to resolve the DPRK situation peacefully.

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North Korea Is Only One Tree In The Forest Of U.S.-China Relations

North Korea Is Only One Tree In The Forest Of U.S.-China Relations

Stressing only the expediency of resolving the DPRK issue, the U.S. risks not seeing the forest for the trees in the overall scheme of U.S-China relations.

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Permanent Neutrality for a Unified Korea May Be The Only Solution for DPRK Crisis

Permanent Neutrality for a Unified Korea May Be The Only Solution for DPRK Crisis

Permanent neutrality for a unified Korea may initially appear to be a radical proposal to the DPRK issue, but the days of conventional thinking are over.

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How Do Multi-Vectored Foreign Policies Affect Global Geopolitical Risk?

How Do Multi-Vectored Foreign Policies Affect Global Geopolitical Risk?

Incoherent U.S. foreign policy, combined with accelerating multipolarity, has increased global geopolitical risk for both major and minor states alike.

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About the Author

Robert Matthew Shines
Robert Matthew Shines

Robert Matthew Shines is President of Bright Group Consulting USA, where he provides geopolitical forecasting services regarding great power relations. He is also an Analyst with the Foreign Policy Association where he writes blogs on foreign policy analysis. As a Senior Analyst and Editor with Global Risk Insights, he provides analysis on political risk & geopolitics. Additionally, he is a Writer for Geopoliticalmonitor Intelligence Corporation, an international intelligence publication which provides comprehensive geopolitical analysis. Lastly, he is an Expert | Geopolitical Intelligence with RANE, an information and advisory services company that connects business leaders to critical risk insights and expertise. He received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on U.S.-China relations.

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