Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

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Our Winter issue opens with a Special Commentary, "Considering Why We Lost," by Tami Biddle. As she examines LTG (Ret.) Daniel Bolger's argument in his sharply critical book, Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, she also considers what it means to say "we lost," and how that verdict might have been avoided.

The first forum, the "Asia-Pacific," features four articles concerning China. David Lai's "China's Strategic Moves and Counter-Moves" uses the ancient game Go and the theory of great-power transition as analytical frameworks for understanding Sino-American relations in the Asia-Pacific region. Thomas Kane's "China's 'Power Projection' Capabilities" underscores the fact that Beijing's interests extend well beyond the Asia-Pacific, and any grand or military strategy protecting the interests of the United States must be truly global in scope. Timothy Thomas' "China's Concept of Military Strategy" explores some of the essential differences between Chinese and American strategic thinking. Christopher Johnston's "China's Military Merchantilism" argues Beijing's grand strategy and foreign policy are fragmented and in danger of being driven by commercial interests backed by military force; the aim of US policy and strategy, therefore, ought to be to decouple the link between China's merchantilism and its military planning.

Our second forum consists of two essays concerning the ongoing crisis in the "Middle East" over how to deal with the radical militant group referring to itself as the Islamic State. …

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