American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

Binary either-or strategy considerations about whether China is a threat or not don't go far enough and reflect a lack of doctrinal framework. Elbridge Colby's new book, "The Strategy of Denial," offers a compelling case for a new approach, writes Joshua Huminski.

For the last 20 years, the United States military has predominantly focused on the Global War on Terrorism. At the same time, China has steadily increased its military capabilities and expanded its sphere of influence both regionally and globally. As the War on Terror draws to a close, or at least reduces in prominence, the Pentagon is rightly continuing its pivot toward the next, and some would argue, already present, threat—Beijing. Yet, much of the discussion in Washington and further afield on China’s rise have fixated on either-or propositions—China is a threat or it is not. China will act out militarily, or it will not. Accommodation with China is possible, or it is not.

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