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By Hans Binnendijk

Record evaluates suggestions for facing U.S. companions and adversaries in Europe, Asia, and the center East in a time of diminishing safety budgets and an American public choice for a family concentration.

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15 Escalation of an incident, particularly in the East China Sea, could drag the United States into conflict with China. ” Lindley-French’s Blog Blast: Speaking Truth unto Power, blog post, September 9, 2014. 14 The United States would have better standing to challenge Chinese claims if it ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. S. Navy EP-3 intelligence aircraft, leading to an international dispute between the two countries. 22 Friends, Foes, and Future Directions The maritime claims have backfired on China’s efforts to gain political influence in Asia.

It does not take a position on specific claims but seeks peaceful resolution of the contending claims and reiterates its firm position on freedom of navigation. To reinforce its right to free movement in international air space, the United States continues to fly intelligence missions near the Chinese coast, but well outside China’s 12-mile sovereign territory. The United States has also recently flown two B-52s near the newly constructed islands. 15 Escalation of an incident, particularly in the East China Sea, could drag the United States into conflict with China.

Global interests and to its homeland, though not an existential threat. S. 44 However, 42 F. Gregory Gause III, Beyond Sectarianism: The New Middle East Cold War, Doha, Qatar: Brookings Doha Center, Analysis Paper No. 11, July 2014, p. 12. , 2015, pp. 34–35, for useful charts on the growth in the number of Salafi jihadists and in the number of their attacks. 45 ISIS has roots that go back to Tawhid wa’l Jihad in Jordan and then Afghanistan. Abu Musa al Zarqawi renamed it in late 2004 when he pledged bayat (allegiance) to Osama bin Laden.

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