Rise of Private Militaries in Africa

China, US, Russia and European involvement in the African security sector is steadily increasing. Driven by the need to secure resources and political influence, governments have deployed private militaries to enact policies without the fanfare and liabilities of military operations.…

Demystifying Debt Along China’s New Silk Road

Is Beijing really seeking to buy political influence abroad? China has one of the biggest global development footprints in the world. The only country with bigger official international finance flows is the United States. Still, Washington spent over four times…

China’s Strategic Support Force At 3

The Strategic Support Force’s future trajectory will be a critical bellwether of the PLA’s progress toward becoming a “world-class” military.   The PLA Strategic Support Force (PLASSF) has been a puzzle and apparent paradox over the first three years of…