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The Foreign Policy Essay: Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy—Better Than It Looks

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Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Editor’s Note: As the United States confronts a range of challenges in the coming decades, pundits and policymakers alike fret that partisan polarization, growing isolationism among the American people, and political institutions that are not up to the task may leave us unprepared and vulnerable. However, such pessimism may be overstated and, importantly, it lacks . . .
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Reflections on U.S. Economic Espionage, Post-Snowden

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Cheng Li’s and Ryan McElveen’s good post over the weekend (via Daniel Byman) sparked the following reflections on U.S. economic espionage, post-Snowden.  Li and McElveen nicely summarize U.S.-Chinese relations concerning cybersecurity in the run-up to and aftermath of the Snowden revelations.  The post is especially helpful on how the Snowden revelations have hurt some U.S. . . .
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An Analysis of the Military Balance in East Asia

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Over at The National Interest, I just published a short piece about the military balance in East Asia. In particular, I analyze the context, conduct, and consequences of an American blockade of China in the (thankfully) unlikely event of a Sino-American war, ultimately concluding that “[w]hile a blockade is not a priori impossible or irrelevant in . . .
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American Paralysis and Troubles in the South China Sea: A Primer on the Philippines-China Arbitration

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Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

In response to the government shutdown at home, President Obama decided last week to cancel his planned participation in a series of Asian and Pacific summits. Unsurprisingly, the decision has provoked considerable consternation abroad as the United States’ allies fret about American dependability, particularly in the shadow of a rising and increasingly assertive China. Perhaps the . . .
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The Big Hack This Week ….

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

No, I’m not talking about the Syrian Electronic Army’s likely take down of the New York Times website yesterday – though that is probably what you were thinking and also probably the only one you’ve read about.  That reflects, I think, a unique US-centric view of cybersecurity. This week’s biggest hack, however, was apparently (and . . .
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The Snowden Revelations and Cybersecurity

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7:03 AM

One immediate consequence of Snowden’s various revelations about massive USG surveillance – at home and especially abroad – was to put a chill on the loud U.S. campaign against Chinese cyber-snooping.  (The hypocrisy in the U.S. position, and the fecklessness of mere complaints about the Chinese practice, was something that I and others have been pointing . . .
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The United Kingdom and Huawei

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Last October, I noted the publication of a House Intelligence Committee report on the possibility of hardware intrusions arising from the use of products manufactured by Huawei and/or ZTE (two Chinese telecom companies).  I’ve also had a bit of fun gently mocking China’s pro forma denials of any hacking efforts. Now comes news that Her . . .
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Offline — The Chinese Peril

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Those who follow my blog posts devoutly (both of you :-)) will be sad to learn that I will be off-line from now until the July 4th holiday.  Of course, as with everything I write about, the underlying reason for being off-line has a cybersecurity connection. You see, I will be traveling for pleasure to . . .
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South China Sea Fireworks at MILOPS

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Last year, I posted this remarkable set of slides from the Chinese presentation at the MILOPS conference in Singapore, slides entitled “China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea: Understanding the South China Sea issue from the angle of law.” Today, participants in this year’s MILOPS conference in Bangkok saw a remarkable exchange . . .
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More Questions About the USG Basis for Complaints about China’s Cyber Exploitations

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:24 AM

I have written many posts about China’s cyber exploitations that make two points (among others): (1) USG complaints about China’s cyber exploitations against USG databases (such as those in DOD) are hypocritical (and not likely to influence Beijing) since the USG is at least as aggressive against China’s government databases as China is against ours, and probably better at it; and (2) . . .
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China Says the Earth is Flat; And Huawei Says it’s Square

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Yesterday, I noted the DoD report which, for the first time, reflected a determination by the US government that a number of cyber intrusions were “attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.”  Today, quite predictably, the Chinese government denied those charges: “China has repeatedly said that we resolutely oppose all forms of hacker attacks,” . . .
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The Donilon Approach to Cybersecurity

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Raffaella has already beaten me to the punch with her link to Tom Donilon’s speech yesterday to the Asia Society.  For those who want a short version, here’s today’s report in the New York Times.  And for those who want a very short summary of what Donilon said, here’s the money quote: First, we need . . .
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Taming the Cyber Dragon?

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

While Ben has often mocked the New York Times for its opinions, the Washington Post has mostly escaped our attention.  To a large degree this reflects the level-headedness of its opinions.  So when it slips into an alternate universe of unreality, that likely reflects something important.  Consider yesterday’s editorial opinion calling for the US to do . . .
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Of Gooses and Ganders and Cybersecurity

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Readers will recall our earlier discussion of the House Intelligence Committee report that called two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE threats to American information security.  Well, it hasn’t taken long for a Chinese response — though an unofficial one.  As this article from Tech in Asia details, a recent publication of the magazine China Economy . . .
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We are all Cybervictims now ….

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 3:27 PM

This from Secretary Clinton in China: I also raised the growing threat of cyber attacks that are occurring on an increasing basis. Both the United States and China are victims of cyber attacks. Intellectual property, commercial data, [and] national security information [are] being targeted. This is an issue of increasing concern to the business community . . .
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