Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

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Our Summer issue opens with a Special Commentary by our contributing editor, Jacqueline Deal, "Prospects for Peace: The View from Beijing." Deal urges policymakers to engage in more "emulative analysis"--thinking more like our rivals and competitors--when developing foreign policies. Appreciating just how much China's views of peace and international order differ from ours, she argues, will be instrumental in the months and years ahead.

Our first forum, Russian Military Power, presents two articles addressing Moscow's military forces. Tor Bukkvoll's "Russian Special Operations Forces in Crimea and Donbas" discusses Moscow's much-improved special operations forces, how they have been used, and what impact they might have on Western defense policies. In "Why Russia is Reviving its Conventional Military Power," Bettina Renz suggests Moscow's recent revitalization of its conventional military forces has broader utility than merely preparing for offensive action. We must not forget, Renz contends, strong conventional forces are the stock-in-trade of great powers, and those aspiring to be great.

The second forum, Challeges in Asia, features two contributions regarding foreign policy issues in the Asia-Pacific Region. …

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