China’s foreign policy is influenced by its economic priorities, nationalism and its external environment. All three interact with one another, over time evolving and developing the state’s foreign policy. If one of these catalysts changes, China’s foreign policy is also likely to change. In 2010, all three were undergoing multiple changes. Economically, China had become… Continue reading A critical assessment of the nature of China’s foreign policy, as reflected by its military development/strategy since 2010.
The rise of a new power, and the displacement of the ruling hegemon is, according to Graham Allison, one of the most dangerous processes that can occur in international politics. This driver of human conflict was first conceptualized in the 5thCentury BC by the Athenian historian and general Thucydides. When trying to understand how Athens… Continue reading A critical evaluation of Graham Allison’s claim that the US and China are destined to war because they are caught up in the ‘Thucydides Trap.’