In Which I Am Disappointed. Again. (China Policy Edition)

I had hoped┬áthat the Obama administration would put the kibosh on efforts on the part of the Chinese to expand their air defense zone. I had hoped that the administration would be both firm and adroit with the Chinese, and that the administration would cause the Chinese to believe that they could retreat from any …

A Friendly Note to the Obama Administration

Not that you aren't aware of this, guys (at least, I hope that you are aware of this), but the Chinese are testing you. Try not to fail the test by actually allowing the Chinese to expand their air defense zone. Rather, inform the Chinese--quietly but firmly--that the United States will not recognize the expansion …

No Deal on the Iranian Nuclear Program. Let’s Examine Why.

Major international talks have been taking place that were designed to stop or slow down the Iranian nuclear program, while possibly easing or lifting sanctions on Iran. Those talks have failed, and the reasons for the failure are entirely predictable: In the end, though, it was not only divisions between Iran and the major powers …

Deeds. Not Words. Deeds.

Ray Takeyh is right on the money when he reminds us what we should expect from Hassan Rohani before we go around calling him "a reformer": Rouhani's attempt to refashion Iran's image and temper its rhetoric should be welcomed. After eight years of Ahmadinejad provocations that often unhinged the international community, a degree of self-restraint …