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Book Review: The China-Pakistan Axus: Asia’s New Geopolitics
Author Small argues that China’s “all-weather friendship” with Pakistan, born of a common enmity to India, has survived numerous stresses, yet remains important to both. For China, ties with Pakistan are useful not just because of Beijing’s ongoing rivalry with India but also as an entree to the Muslim world as well as a key link in its plans to establish a fancifully imagined Silk Road trading route that, if successful, will connect most areas of the world from a hub in Beijing. For Pakistan, China has been its protector, its chief arms supplier---including help with the construction of weapons of mass destruction---and its economic lifeline.
Message from Dr. K: Anything new from the old China hand?
The Weekly Standard
Properly understood, this is not a book about what Henry Kissinger accomplished in the realm of U.S.-China relations, but rather a book about China herself: an attempt to answer the questions, what sort of civilization and country is China? And what sort of international behavior can we expect from China in the years ahead? Taken as such, it is, to be frank, disappointing.
Being Wrong About the Big Issues
Review of Satanic Purses: Money, Myth and Misinformation in the War on Terror by R.T. Naylor
These days, there is quite a bit of frustration about how much secrecy has engulfed post-9/11 American counterterrorism efforts. In law enforcement and intelligence, a certain amount of secrecy is inevitable, in order to preserve the sanctity on ongoing operations and sensitive source and methods. Cops and spies, after all, depend on the element of surprise. Meanwhile, we live in a democracy. The trick for any republic is to strike the proper balance between operational security and the public’s right to know what is being done by their government in their name. One aspect of U.S. counterterrorism that has not been cloaked in so much secrecy is efforts to combat terrorist financing, in part because success depend so much on the private sector and international cooperation. American officials involved in anti-financing initiatives have been very open what they have been doing in Congressional testimony, public statements and articles since 9/11. To understand how the United States is tackling the problem of terrorist financing - our goals and methods - one need only have access to the Internet.
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