Archive for August, 2010

Geopolitics in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean Region

August 30, 2010

The recent Pentagon analysis of China’s military development noted that China is increasing its reach into the South China Sea and Indian Ocean Region.  Southeast Asian countries and India are concerned about this development.  Meanwhile, the U.S. is seeing its naval power decline as China grows stronger.  These trends present strategic opportunities for U.S. foreign policy in the region.  In many ways, increased U.S. involvement in the region and support for multilateral collaboration could turn these lemons into lemonade.

Geopolitics in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean Region: Tiny Ripples or Shifting Tides?
By Eric S. Morse

The U.S.-Pakistan National Security Relationship

August 24, 2010

The enormity of the flooding in Pakistan is beyond imagination and has created the potential for Pakistan to become a failed state.  Moreover, the Taliban’s message that the rural populations are not served by the Government of Pakistan is gaining traction.  Without strategic vision and oversight of this problem, U.S. resources may be wasted on ineffective projects and may interfere with U.S. goals in the region.

This article synthesizes the observations of esteemed Pakistan commentators by focusing on a number of complementary issue areas that would benefit from focused U.S.-Pakistan cooperation and may be the most effective targets for foreign aid.

The U.S.-Pakistan National Security Relationship
By Richard E. Friedman and Frank Schell

No More Enduring Precious Secrets

August 11, 2010

Are we entering an era where there will be no more enduring precious secrets?  And if so, what are the consequences for U.S. national security, commerce and business, and notions of personal privacy?  As WikiLeaks and Washington Post disclosures have shown, not to mention Google and FaceBook, the rapid expansion of the information age has created a number of important privacy issues that affect citizens, business, and governments around the world.

No More Enduring Precious Secrets

By Richard E. Friedman

Economic Warfare Strategy Against Iran

August 2, 2010

The American Foreign Policy Council recently released an excellent report titled “Towards an Economic Warfare Strategy Against Iran.”  The report provides excellent policy recommendations for crafting a series of practical, multilateral economic sanctions against Iran.

Sanctions have been used several times against Iran in the past, but all have fallen short of achieving the desired effects.  In this report, the American Foreign Policy Council outlines, in great detail, a pragmatic economic warfare strategy against Iran that may shore up the deficiencies of previous efforts.

For those interested in U.S. foreign policy towards Iran, the NSF highly recommends this report.  Click on the PDF link above, or visit the AFPC website.