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US and Russia Exit the INF Treaty

On December 8, 2018, Posted by , In China,Information Reports,Russia,United States, With Comments Off on US and Russia Exit the INF Treaty

Written by Marren Haneberg On December 4, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced plans to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 60 days, citing Russian noncompliance. If Russia does not return “to full and verifiable compliance” by the deadline, the United States will start a six month…

Countering China: Extending American Diplomatic and Economic Influence in Africa

On November 17, 2018, Posted by , In Africa,China,Featured Report,United States, With Comments Off on Countering China: Extending American Diplomatic and Economic Influence in Africa

Written by Andrew Allen Over the course of the last decade, China has taken an aggressive approach towards constructing an economic relationship with Africa. A major aspect of this relationship has been Chinese infrastructure investments in the continent, which provides African nations with low-conditionality access to capital. Although China’s economic…

Chinese Loans: A Low Conditionality Trap?

On October 28, 2018, Posted by , In Africa,China,Information Reports, With Comments Off on Chinese Loans: A Low Conditionality Trap?

Written by Andrew Allen Chinese low conditionality approach to infrastructure loans in Africa has been billed as a great opportunity for developing nations in the region to achieve economic development and growth that would otherwise not be possible. However, despite representing what one Ugandan economist described as an “unrivalled willingness…

China’s Economic Advances in Africa

On October 13, 2018, Posted by , In Africa,China,Information Reports, With Comments Off on China’s Economic Advances in Africa

Written by Andrew Allen Background During much of the 20th century, Sino-African economic relations were a minor feature of Chinese foreign policy. In the 1960s, China encouraged a small amount of investment and trade between the two regions to promote solidarity among “Third World” nations (Muekalia, 2004). However, following a…

Developing a Chinese Counterterrorism Strategy

On June 25, 2014, Posted by , In Asia,China,Logan Dopp,United States, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Developing a Chinese Counterterrorism Strategy

In April, President Xi Jinping visited the Uyghur Autonomous Region and spoke specifically on the issue of combating terrorism. China has recently developed a new National Security Commission to deal with “unconventional security”. Given the escalating situation in various autonomous regions, the likelihood that China will develop a broader official counterterrorism program under the new commission is high. XinJiang Autonomous Region stages some of China’s most violent separatist movements, the most violent of which being considered as developing terrorist-threats. This new commission and subsequent program could be a major opportunity for the U.S. to deal directly with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the police force. In previous attempts to foster greater cooperation, the military has been the most difficult point to reconcile.