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The dog that isn’t barking in East Asia

In the past I’ve been critical of 'International Security,' an academic journal. So when it has something interesting, I feel obliged to spotlight it.

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In the past I’ve been critical of International Security, an academic journal. So when it has something interesting, I feel obliged to spotlight it. In the fall 2015 issue, Ronan Tse-min Fu writes that,
East Asia is experiencing neither intensifying military competition nor an arms race. Furthermore, by most measures, China already has risen to regional dominance without causing major disruptions to regional stability. The real question, therefore, is why counterbalancing against China or an arms race has not occurred, despite three decades of extraordinary Chinese economic and military growth.
Still, I think it is wrong for the journal a few pages later to advertise itself as having “defined the debate on US national security policy.” In 25 years of covering the U.S. military, I can’t remember it “defining” a single issue.

Photo credit: Austin Kirk/Flickr

 

In the past I’ve been critical of International Security, an academic journal. So when it has something interesting, I feel obliged to spotlight it. In the fall 2015 issue, Ronan Tse-min Fu writes that,

East Asia is experiencing neither intensifying military competition nor an arms race. Furthermore, by most measures, China already has risen to regional dominance without causing major disruptions to regional stability. The real question, therefore, is why counterbalancing against China or an arms race has not occurred, despite three decades of extraordinary Chinese economic and military growth.

Still, I think it is wrong for the journal a few pages later to advertise itself as having “defined the debate on US national security policy.” In 25 years of covering the U.S. military, I can’t remember it “defining” a single issue.

Photo credit: Austin Kirk/Flickr

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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