In a new Washington Quarterly article, the authors argue that the post-World War II expansion of the presidential alliance powers enables President Trump to weaken alliances from within.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman offers the clearest and most detailed explanation the Department of Defense has given to date of the recent freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea.
Could a Philippines territorial sea be driving the confusion over the U.S. Navy's freedom of navigation exercise in the South China Sea?
The lack of clarity regarding what the U.S. Navy actually did in the South China Sea is a problem for U.S. foreign policy and for international law.
Yesterday, the USS Lassen, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, transited within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef---one of China’s artificial islands in the Spratly Island group. What precise legal message did the United States send with this operation?
It is widely expected that in the next several days, the United States will conduct a freedom of navigation exercise near China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea. The relationship between the Navy’s imminent freedom of navigation operations and maritime law, however, is not entirely straightforward.
In recent years, analysts have devoted much attention to the fact that China continues to increase its defense spending by double-digit percentages annually. They have also focused on fiscal constraints in the United States, and how these may impact Washington’s ability to sustain its presence in East Asia. Less well documented, however, is what these trends have meant for other countries in the region. With a rising superpower rapidly expanding its defense capabilities, we might expect its neighbors to follow suit. But is this actually happening?