The Decline and Fall of China’s Long View

China is often credited with taking the long view to achieve its strategic goals; however, that luxury may be coming to an end. There is an oft-quoted story about former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, who, when asked about the effects of the French Revolution on China, demonstrated the Chinese long view by answering, “It is too soon to tell.” U.S. strategists, on the other hand are often limited in their ability to plan beyond the current administration.

Rouhani’s Real Fights Are Just Beginning

As exultant as U.S. President Barack Obama was on January 16 as the nuclear deal was finally put into effect, no one was as ecstatic that day as Hassan Rouhani. The Iranian president has staked much of his political future on completing what became the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), repeatedly promising to relieve his country of nuclear sanctions and hopefully jump-start a practically moribund economy.

Xi Jinping’s New Plans for China's Cyber Soldiers

China’s military reforms, which have sped up since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, are making steady progress and the latest change in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was a big one. On December 31, 2015, the Central Military Commission formally overhauled the organizational structure of the PLA, establishing three new organizations: the Army Leading Organ, the Rocket Force, and the Strategic Support Force.