Thursday, September 08, 2022

Lyle Goldstein on U.S. Strategic Challenges: Russia, China, Ukraine, and Taiwan — Manifold #19


Professor Goldstein recently retired after 20 years of service on the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC). During his career at NWC, he founded the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) and has been awarded the Superior Civilian Service Medal for this achievement. He has written or edited seven books on Chinese strategy and is at work on a book-length project that examines the nature of China-Russia relations in the 21st century. He has a longstanding interest in great power politics, military competition, and security in the pacific region. 

Goldstein is Director of Asia Engagement at the Washington think-tank Defense Priorities, which advocates for realism and restraint in U.S.defense policy, and also a visiting professor at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. 

He earned a PhD at Princeton, an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and an AB from Harvard. He is fluent in both Chinese and Russian. 

Steve and Lyle discuss: 

00:00 Early life and background 
18:03 Goldstein’s dissertation on China’s nuclear strategy 
37:35 Pushback on “Meeting China Halfway” 
41:24 Could the U.S. have prevented war in Ukraine? 
46:05 How territorial conflicts are influencing China’s relationship with Russia 
1:00:16 Analyzing war games with U.S., China, and Taiwan 


Watson Institute, Brown University 

Meeting China Halfway (2015) 

Here's Why War With China Could Elevate to Nuclear Strikes The National Interest, January 29 2022 

Goldstein's articles at The National Interest 

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