Chaos in the Great Game

With increased U.S. pressure on Iran and Israel’s small-scale invasion of Syria, the stage appears set for an ultimatum concerning Iran’s nuclear aspirations that many analysts and even foreign dignitaries warn may result in war. At the same time, both Russia and China have announced that long-delayed energy-development projects with Iran are finally on the … Continue reading “Chaos in the Great Game”

A Counterweight,
or a Bloc of Foes?

There is no question that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is growing into a counterweight to U.S. and NATO power in Asia. The SCO has been under close scrutiny by geopolitical analysts since its inception, and early predictions that the organization would eventually challenge U.S. hegemony have proven true. The questions now are: How will … Continue reading “A Counterweight,
or a Bloc of Foes?”

China’s ‘Nuclear Option’

Wednesday’s article in the Daily Telegraph titled "China Threatens ‘Nuclear Option’ of Dollar Sales" strikes a raw political and emotional nerve in the U.S. – coming just a day before stock markets around the world dipped – and sets the stage for another demon to accompany terrorism in the minds of many Americans. The "nuclear … Continue reading “China’s ‘Nuclear Option’”

China’s Crises Will Pass, With Help

Old Fan prides himself on his chicken-choosing abilities. He is comfortable declaring the superiority of his chicken dishes above all others, due in large part to the fine chickens he manages to wriggle out of the hawkers’ hands. But now the hawkers have upped the ante: Old Fan’s most recent chicken-procuring mission ended in disaster … Continue reading “China’s Crises Will Pass, With Help”