International Strategy And Tactics

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 20, 2010

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China needs a smarter version of both. And while I agree with Dan Drezner that the margin of error in crafting strategy and tactics is greater when a nation-state has significant material advantages, a case can be made that those material advantages have been significantly overestimated. Additionally, China’s rise to power has largely consisted of staying under the radar, and making sure that balancing coalitions don’t emerge against it. China may feel as though it doesn’t have to stay under the radar all that much anymore, but the balancing coalitions will emerge thanks to Chinese bellicosity; a fact which may, along with the limits of Chinese material advantages, curb the reach and extent of Chinese power.

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