Follow the link to listen to the latest from Seay the Future with George Seay and previous Director of the NSA and the Deputy Director of the CIA Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.).
In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Will Inboden, executive director of the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, sits down with Dan Blumenthal of the American Enterprise Institute to discuss his book, The China Nightmare: The Grand Ambitions of a Decaying State. Blumenthal’s thesis is that China is a rising power with extraordinary strategic capabilities that make it a strong competitor for the United States. Where his thesis may diverge from conventional wisdom is that he argues China is also beset by significant vulnerabilities including questions of how to deal with dissent and pluralism within their own population, demographic effects of the “one child” policy, and risks posed by a stagnating economy.
Blumenthal adds that the most dangerous time in the competition between great powers does not come when one is rising and one is declining, but when a state like China sees the risk that their status may go away and feels the need to lock in gains.
Clements Center Executive Director Will Inboden remembers former Secretary of State George Shultz.
The Clements Center mourns the death yesterday of Secretary George Shultz, a member of our Statecraft Board of Advisors. In his 100 years ranging from World War II combat as a Marine in the Pacific theater, to academic and corporate leadership, and to service under three US presidents in four cabinet positions, he lived a great American life. As President Reagan’s Secretary of State, he promoted the global expansion of liberty and helped bring about a peaceful victory in the Cold War. Now a grateful nation bids him farewell. For his century of life he lived the motto of his beloved Marines: Semper Fidelis. As he enters his rest, may he and his family know the same peace he helped make for the world.
"China has a plan. They have published it and they are following it to the letter. What is happening should not surprise us," says Neller. Follow the link to see his outline for a U.S. response.
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