Recent Commentaries

"How US withdrawal from Afghanistan will undermine Russia's efforts to dominate Eurasia," The Hill, 15 July 2021.

"The US Grand Strategy of Liberal Internationalism is Dead," 19FortyFive, 11 July 2021.


"Offshore Balancing with Chinese Characteristics," Strategy Bridge, 2 July 2021.


Review of T.E. Lawrence's "Seven Pillars of Wisdom," National Review's Great Books podcast, 15 June 2021. 


"Toward a New US-Led, Rules-Based Order," The Hill, 10 June 2021.


"Exploring 'Resolute Restraint' as an Alternative to Liberal Internationalism," Responsible Statecraft, 1 June 2021.


"Pax Democratica: A Plan to Save the Rules Based Order,” 19FortyFive, 14 May 2021

"China has Peaked: A Response to Niall Ferguson," The Spectator, 14 May 2021.


"’Peak China’ and the Prospects of a US Offshore Balancing Strategy,” Responsible Statecraft, 28 April 2021.


"Was the Postwar US Order Truly Liberal?" Imaginative Conservative, 25 April 2021.

"The G7 and NATO Won't Cut It: What's Needed is a New Alliance," The Hill, 12 April 2021.

“The Suez and China’s Arctic Policy,” The National Interest, 3 April 2021.

“Opinion – The Biden Administration Confronts Peak China,” E-International Relations, 22 March 2021.


“Is Geopolitical Nostalgia Driving Joe Biden’s Grand Strategy?” The National Interest,  16 March 2021

“A Salami Slice for Taiwan’s Security: The U.S. can put a revisionist tactic to its own use in the Western Pacific,” Defense One, 3 March 2021. 

“Rethinking the US-China Fight,” The Conversation 19 February 2021.   

“Great Power Rivalry in the Arctic Circle is Heating Up,” The National Interest, 16 February 2021.

“China is not Rising, its Faltering,” The Federalist, December 2020.


“Indian Maritime Strategy,” The Wavell Room, December 2020.


“The Korean War and the Nuclear Bomb,” Imaginative Conservative, December 2020.


“China: A Faltering, Not Rising, Power,” The National Interest, 19 November 2020.

“Ten Principles of Catholic International Relations Theory,” OnePeterFive, 5 November 2020.

“China: A Rising or Faltering Power,” The Mackinder Forum, November 2020

'Three Actors, One in Search of a Role,” Imaginative Conservative, 29 October 2020.

“Geopolitical Nostalgia: Dante’s Monarchia and Xi’s China Dream,” Genealogies of Modernity, October 2020.

"The Specter Haunting Marxism," The Imaginative Conservative, 14 September 2020.


“China as a Faltering Contender,” RealClearDefense, 14 September 2020.


“Mahan, Corbett, and China’s Maritime Grand Strategy,” The Diplomat, 24 August 2020.


“Avoiding World War: Paths not Taken,” Genealogies of Modernity, 20 August 2020.


“Harry Truman’s Best Worst Option,” The Hill, 6 August 2020.

“The Catholic Origins of Modern International Relations Theory,” OnePeterFive, 6 August 2020.


“Offshore Balancing: A Grand Strategy for the China Dream,” The Diplomat, 24 July 2020.


I am a professor of international relations and political theory at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN; and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Canada.

I regularly offer commentary and analysis on issues related to great power rivalry, US foreign and defense policy, Sino-American relations, and conflict in the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific regions.

Public Lectures

I regularly give public talks under the auspices of the Foreign Policy Association's "Great Decisions" program. This program is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.

Over the past few years I have given talks on the following topics:

  • Red Sea Security

  • War and Peace in the Modern Middle East

  • Geopolitical Rivalry in South Asia

  • The Tragedy of Great Power Politics in the Indo-Pacific Region

  • Strategic Competition in the Persian Gulf

  • The Irish Question After Brexit

  • The Strategic Consequences of Brexit, and

  • Great Power Competition in the Arctic