Napoleon Bonaparte said of China:

“Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”

Two hundred-plus years later China and its impact on the Asia-Pacific (A-P)–in recent  times often referred to as the Indo-Pacific region–is fulfilling Bonaparte’s prediction.

To be sure, the epicentre of the world is shifting from the Western-European post-World War Two American ‘model,’ of geo-strategic dominance–which is essentially an advance on what has become known colloquially known as the ‘Vasco da Gama’ era–to a world that will be Sino-driven, especially in the A-P.   Notwithstanding this state-of-affairs, there is much happening within and about hostilities in the world that reflect focused developments; ambitions; objectives; and endgame policies.

With the above in mind, commentary is offered on the below-mentioned categories and said commentary is always offered through a prism of erudite analysis;  evidence-based argument; and with a non-traditionalist stance cum cutting edge approach.  The subject matter comprises

  • Regional and macro geo-strategic & geo-political analysis;
  • Asia-Pacific and ‘Rise of China’ comprehension;
  • China – Taiwan relations;
  • Conflict interpretation & forecasting;
  • Terrorism investigation;
  • War studies; &
  • Foreign policy relevant to conflict.

GsO is a registered business and consultancy is available.  Through the aforementioned prism, all erudite investigation is meant to offer information and analysis which offers a deeper view of geo-strategic and geo-political happenings.  All explorations whether tailored or general, are accompanied by scholarly information and interpretation. When and where necessary studies are further informed and developed with, and through, an historical evidence-base.

Geo-strategic and geo-political independent comment, analysis and assessments within the aforementioned areas and included where necessary related issues, such as Australian, European, Central Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian and  American domestic politics are able to be addressed.

All of the information contained in this blog is © Strobe Driver, and may be used with appropriate citation.

The link to my doctoral thesis can be found on my Curriculum Vitae page.

Recipient: Taiwan Fellowship 2018, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan, ROC.

Dr. Strobe Driver

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