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Apply for a Blog Oct 21, 2019, 12:12 PM US military pivoting from Mideast The recent CENTCOM drawdown from Al Udeid, Qatar, may presage a shift in the security footprint from American to EU dominance. On September 28, in an unannounced military exercise, Washington transferred the command and control center of its air operations in... Oct 20, 2019, 11:34 PM Neo-Ottoman Turkey’s ‘String of Pearls’ The Turkish push into northeastern Syria is just the latest evidence of Ankara’s quest to reclaim former Ottoman territories. Since 2015, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pushing for Syrian “safe zones” and “buffer zones” for humanitarian purposes. However, with... Mar 17, 2019, 10:41 PM Internment camps for Chinese-Americans? While the world condemns China for its Uighur internment camps, some wonder if WWII-era camps may soon be confining Chinese-Americans. Over the past year, there has been a crescendo of international opprobrium condemning China’s internment camps for Uighurs in Xinjiang.... Mar 16, 2019, 8:57 AM An Israeli sunscreen policy towards China? An Israeli colleague recently asked this author an interesting question: to what extent can the commercial relations between Israel and China harm Israel’s special relationship with the Trump administration? One ponders if this is the right question to ask. It... Jan 31, 2019, 10:15 AM Israel as a sandwich country between US and China Israel and other US allies with friendly ties to China are increasing becoming sandwich countries—caught between the US on one side and China on the other, as both Washington and Beijing intensify their trade war. After years of the Obama... Jan 29, 2019, 3:32 AM Will NATO become a ‘hub and spoke’ model? Last Tuesday the US House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation expressing congressional support for NATO, and tried to bar President Trump from withdrawing from the treaty.  This was in response to a New York Times article reporting that in 2018 Trump... Jan 23, 2019, 10:43 PM Narratives and internment camps in China, US, Israel Last Thursday, US lawmakers reintroduced legislation that could sanction China for rights abuses against Uighurs in Xinjiang, where more than a million people are believed to have been held in internment camps over the past two years. The bipartisan “Uighur Human... Aug 9, 2017, 12:41 PM Featured Post Oil bonanza in Golan may help grease wheels for BRI China is becoming a de facto regional stakeholder in the Middle East, as it is increasing resources to protect its growing portfolio of assets and citizens there Jul 27, 2017, 3:30 PM Why Saudi war on Yemen seen as US state terrorism The US/Saudi war on Yemen is now in its third year, and the indiscriminate Saudi bombing campaign has destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, left thousands dead and millions starving in a man-made famine, and triggered a cholera epidemic that has... May 21, 2017, 6:03 PM Chinese Uyghur colonies in Syria a challenge for Beijing A reporter for Dubai-based Al Aan TV recently aired an undercover story on Idlib province – the Syrian “rebel” opposition stronghold that is supported by the US and other Western governments – and the site of the recent alleged chemical... Load more About Me Dr. Christina Lin is a California-based academic and consultant specializing in China-Mediterranean/Middle East relations. She has extensive US government experience working on China security issues, including policy planning at the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and National Security Council--where she also worked on CFIUS cases.