Magazine February 8, 2021, Issue

How We Lose against China

(Luba Myts)
Social media and internal political extremes could undermine the United States

The Cold War ended not on the battlefield but inside the Soviet Union. There were no tank maneuvers through the Fulda Gap in Germany, nor was there a nuclear armageddon. Instead, one of the two superpowers faced an internal crisis that shattered its society and its European empire. The Cold War was a global struggle, but its end was a matter of domestic politics.

This history has profound implications for our new struggle with China, which has been likened to the Cold War. Experts including me have written many books and essays about Taiwan, the South China Sea, and the Korean

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Robert D. KaplanMr. Kaplan is the author, most recently, of The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government’s Greatest Humanitarian. He holds the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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