October 10, 2012
U.S. Moves Foreign Concerns to the Asia-Pacific
The war in Iraq is at dwindling, and for the first time in a decade, the U.S. can approach different military ambitions. In the past decade, the United States has watched itself give up sole position as the world’s major power. China, the communist empire that underachieved politically, economically, and militarily for more than a century, is now a major player in foreign affairs. Economically, the U.S. is still in charge, but China is number two on that list, and growing. Not to mention China has a population of more than a billion, four times the size of the U.S.. This gradual and still disputed shift of power has gained the full attention of the U.S. government. As it unchains itself from foreign entanglement in the Middle East, the U.S. has now turned to China, a relatively new foreign power with a communist government that raises domestic suspicion.
The United States’ move to deploy troops in Australia, and other Asian-Pacific countries is one of fear and necessity. China, isolated geographically and politically, has taken recent actions in its foreign affairs that hint at bully behavior. China’s current dispute with Japan over a chain of uninhibited islands is one piece of evidence of China’s intimidation plan. China knows its military is much more powerful than any other in Asia, and as a force that now competes with America instead of obeying it, national proponents all over China cry yearn for dominance. The United States is declaring no war, and it would be highly unlikely that our government would even want one, but that doesn’t mean precautionary measures won’t be taken. In the midst of a once a decade power shift in China, the United States is fully aware of the near-boiling Chinese country, and is taking secure measures not only for the sake of the U.S., but for global politics as a whole.
September 11, 2012
Conflict in Syria
Violence and revolt have not yet ceased in Syria, and the conflict continues to draw attention from foreign actors. In recent news, Syria accused France of arming rebel troops while at the same time calling for a peaceful resolution between the two sides. As a major actor in the Syrian conflict, France appears to be using a double-sided approach to achieve its paramount goal of uprooting Bashar al-Assad, the current Syrian President. Syria, the other actor in this case, perceives this move as a political paradox with claims that France is kindling the rebels’ violent uprising while also pledging for a peaceful resolution through the United Nations. France and Syria’s completely different perceptions of each other’s driving goals are what create the hostile environment between the two. France sees the Syrian government’s continued killing of civilians as an act of senseless tyranny and that in aiding rebel troops, at least the fighting will come at a cost to the Syrian government. Syria on the other hand, argues that France’s support of militarization prevents both sides from coming to a peaceful resolution. In over a year of fighting, France wants to speed up the resolution process by a means of armed protection on the side of the rebels, who still face violent interaction from the Syrian Army. The Syrian government though argues that it has begun negotiating peace and cannot comply unless all sides are on the same page.