Daniel W. Drezner

Gone presentin’

For the rest of this week your humble blogger will be on the 2010 leg of his Zombie Talk Tour in support of the forthcoming book.  Talks are scheduled at UC-Irvine and ZomBcon.  That’s right, ZomBcon.   Blogging will be light for the next few days.  Here’s a topic for discussion, however.  Apparently, the New York Times’ ...

For the rest of this week your humble blogger will be on the 2010 leg of his Zombie Talk Tour in support of the forthcoming book.  Talks are scheduled at UC-Irvine and ZomBcon.  That’s right, ZomBcon.  

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. 

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