China Makes Its Move

With all due respect to the global war on terrorism, the age-old geopolitical game of great power politics has made a bit of a comeback of late. The challenges that the world’s aspiring regional hegemonic powers have posed to Washington over the course of Barack Obama’s second term in office have become markedly more vexing since 2013. Particularly for an administration that appears to want little more than to remain focused on transformative domestic policy in its waning days. While much of the White House’s attention has been understandably drawn the Middle East and Eastern Europe over the course of the last 18 months, the president might soon be compelled to “pivot to Asia” out of necessity.