China, the US, and Realistic Expectations

by Daniel Wagner Deng Xiaoping once said that “the China-U.S. relationship can never be too good or too bad” because it is too important. In other words, meaning the leaders and people of both countries should be realistic about how… Continue Reading  

China Cannot Have it Both Ways

by Daniel Wagner At last year’s opening ceremony of the Chinese Communist Party’s Nineteenth Congress, President Xi Jinping proclaimed his belief that China was on the precipice of becoming a great global power. He declared that China was no longer… Continue Reading  

Islamic State: From Physical Caliphate to Virtual Jihad

by Daniel Wagner and Giuseppe Del Vecchio Cyberspace is the ideal platform for terrorists because, unlike conventional warfare, barriers to entry into cyberspace are much lower. The price of entry is an Internet connection. The surreptitious use of the Internet to… Continue Reading  

Malaysia’s Future Role in Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Military Alliance

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner Saudi King Salman is currently on a three-week tour across six Asian countries. The duration of the trip underscores the commercial and geopolitical importance which Saudi Arabia attributes to Asia. It comes at a… Continue Reading  

Will Trump and Putin See Eye-to-Eye on Libya?

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner As a result of Russia’s decisive military intervention in the Syrian crisis, the Kremlin is now pursuing an increasingly influential role across the Arab world. It is now eyeing Libya as well. Although Russia… Continue Reading