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It’s only a few weeks into 2016, but Chinese president Xi Jinping must already feel nostalgia for the year gone by.  Xi wasn't in town during my visit to frigid Beijing last week.  He was abroad making his first tour of the Middle East, where he reaffirmed commitments to relations with Arab partners and inked a panoply of accords to deepen economic and security relations with Iran.  But Xi’s Middle East tour offered him only a brief respite from the pressing set of i...

November 5, 2015

This article originally appeared in the Geopolitical Monitor on October 25, 2015. View it here.

Academics, marine biologists, retired military personnel, senior State Department officials, and NGOs continue to add their voices to a growing Washington chorus on the complex and challenging South China Sea (SCS) territorial disputes. At a recent Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Program, “Promoting Sustainable Usage of the Oceans–Security, Collaboration and Develop...

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