December 13, 2013
Please answer one of the following three questions. Your answer is due by 11:15am on December 12, 2013.
- 1. Some argue that AirSea Battle threatens to destabilize the Pacific, while others contend that it amounts to bureaucratic hot air. Discuss AirSea Battle in terms of U.S. grand strategy, the emerging politics of the Pacific Rim, and inter-organizational dynamics.
- 2. Controversy has erupted over China’s declaration of a new air defense zone in the East China Sea. Discuss the likely logic behind declaring the zone, and evaluate the reactions of the major players. How will this declaration affect alliance politics in Northeast Asia?
- 3. Kenneth Waltz wrote “To say that militarily strong states are feeble because they cannot easily bring order to minor states is like saying that a pneumatic hammer is weak because it is not suitable for drilling decayed teeth.” Discuss.