- By Daniel W. Drezner
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.
Blogging will be light for the next few days. Here’s a topic for discussion, however. Apparently, the New York Times’ standard operating procedure is to recycle the same story every week about how the U.S. is now lining up allies in the Pacific Rim to ward off a rising China. The Financial Times is reporting on how the United States is encouraging India to step up inthe region. Stronger bilateral ties with China’s enduring rivals (Japan, Vietnam, India) are simply an ad hoc response to China’s recent strategic missteps, however. Chinese intentions are unclear, and if you read western pundits, there are an array of contradictory recommendations about how to suss them out.
Question to readers: if you had to engineer the U.S. strategy in the Pacific Rim, what would you do to deal with a rising China? In your answer, be sure to acknowledge the risks and costs, as well as the benefits of your strategy.