Episode 3,

The South China Sea

With Robert Kaplan & Toshi Yoshihara

Why a little known waterway is so important to the world’s two strongest powers and how nationalism could lock them into a spiral of aggression.

South China Sea: Donald Trump is not the only Nationalist in charge of a major military power and will soon run headlong into a long simmering dispute with another one - China’s Xi JinPing. The South China Sea is the economic lynchpin of the Asia/Pacific and a flashpoint between the US and China. Why a little known waterway is so important to the world’s two strongest powers and how nationalism could lock them into a spiral of aggression.

Guests

Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of seventeen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including Earning the Rockies, In Europe's Shadow, Asia’s Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a senior advisor at Eurasia Group. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Books:

Asia's Cauldron

Earning the Rockies

The Revenge of Geography

 

Toshi Yoshihara, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments think tank and widely considered one of the globe’s top naval strategist. He is also a visiting professor of international politics at the Fletcher of School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Prior to joining CSBA in March 2017, he held the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the U.S. Naval War College, where he taught strategy for a decade. He has served as an affiliate member of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the Naval War College, a visiting professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego, and a visiting professor in the Strategy Department at the U.S. Air War College. Dr. Yoshihara is the co-author of Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy, Indian Naval Strategy in the Twenty-first Century, and Chinese Naval Strategy in the Twenty-first Century: The Turn to Mahan. He is the co-editor of Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon and Asia Looks Seaward: Power and Maritime Strategy. He holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Books:

Red Star of the Pacific

Recent Articles:

San Diego Tribune

National Interest