US-China competition The US’ paramount concern remains its strategic competition with China. While recent geopolitical shifts, notably in Ukraine, have diverted attention momentarily, this has prompted the US to reflect upon recalibrating global priorities. Strategic deliberations extend to envisioning joint capabilities, notably in cyberspace, and the imperative of bolstering ally force posture concerning Taiwan. As […]

Biography Admiral Steve Koehler is a Bachelor of Science in Physics graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). He holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the Joint Staff College […]

The US-Australia alliance and critical minerals Australia is currently a leading supplier of the critical minerals needed for net zero goals.  In 2022 it produced 27 critical minerals, 15 of which ranked in the top five for global supply. Australia ranked number one in the world for economic resources of nickel, widely used in lithium-ion […]

The US’ shifting alliance structure These actions illustrate a growing trend of connecting mini-lateral partnerships into a broader network. Rahm Emanuel, the US ambassador to Japan, aptly noted that the US is transitioning from the current “hub-and-spokes” system to a “lattice-like architecture”, suggesting strategic adjustments are occurring amid evolving geopolitics.   The shift towards a lattice […]

Indonesia’s response to China’s rise In response to China’s rise, some argue that Indonesia has followed the path taken by other middle power countries: embracing economic development while remaining vigilant of political assertiveness. Geoeconomically, Indonesia has capitalized on China’s economic expansion, experiencing a significant uptick in trade and investment. Chinese investment in Indonesia has surged […]

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