What I Learned This Week

China’s master plan for Iran.

An Op/Ed by Robert D. Kaplan, a managing director for global macro at the Eurasia Group and longtime analyst of foreign affairs, published in The New York Times on June 26th, suggests that “current tensions are less about Iran and the Persian Gulf than about China and the Indian Ocean. Whether the Trump administration realizes it or not, what is occurring in the American-Iranian standoff is about something much vaster.” As the 19th century American strategist, Alfred Thayer Mahan believed, whoever controls the Indian Ocean will effectively dominate Asia. Kaplan further explained that China’s plans for Iran to be a key hub in its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are unlikely to be altered by U…

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