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Brian Benedictus
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North Korea's ABC (Anybody but China) Diplomatic Strategy is Going to Face a Harsh Reality
(Photo: wikicommons) My recent article  featured in the University of Nottingham's China Policy Institute attempts to show how the North Korean leadership's initiative to "break out" from its heavy reliance on China will run into a brick wall of reality.......

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The Gripen Solution
Sweden's Gripen provides great value for the cost (photo: Wikicommons) Brian Benedictus & Michal Thim  This piece was originally published in  Strategic Vision vol. 3, no. 18  (December, 2014).   The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) appears to be a formi...

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China's Korea Problem
(Wikicommons) In my piece published today by the University of Nottingham's China Policy Institute, I discuss the challenges that China faces in attempting to balance an increasingly complex set of relationships which involve North and South Korea.  The ful...

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Taiwan's Impending Independence Surge
(Photo: Wikicommons) The fact that the occupation of the Taiwan legislature by student activists earlier this spring was woefully under-reported, is disappointing for a number of reasons. Primarily, the world missed an opportunity to see the changes in soci...

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Missing the Point on Taiwan's Pursuit of Submarines
(Photo: Wikipedia) Yesterday Lauren Dickey of the Council on Foreign Relations wrote a  a piece  that advocated against  Taiwan acquiring submarines, as well as the United States assisting in supplying them. While Dickey touches on a number of interesting a...

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Tempering Expectations...Why a Vietnam-U.S. Strategic Alliance might Not be all its cracked up to be
(Courtesy of Wiki commons)  In an article featured today in The Diplomat, I questioned the reality of a meaningful security partnership between the United States and Vietnam developing, and what might stand in the way of said partnership taking place. While...

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Why China and Taiwan are really different (My latest for Ketagalan Media)
(photo credit: asianews.it) The topic of ethnicity and nationality can be a sensitive topic.  Today I discussed how the Chinese Communist Party perceives them  in both their current social policies within China, as well as how it applies said issues towards...
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