Scott McDonald is a retired US Marine Corps China specialist, a Non-resident Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), and Ph.D. Candidate at The Fletcher School of Tufts University. He has taught at APCSS, Tufts University, and Wellesley College. He is co-editor and chapter author of The Future of the United States-Australia Alliance. All opinions expressed in this article are his own and do not reflect the views of any institution or the Department of Defense or the US government.