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China, Rebalance, And The “Silent War”, John Linantud Apr 2016

China, Rebalance, And The “Silent War”, John Linantud

International Social Science Review

Based on Victor Corpus' Silent War (1989), this paper re-introduces strategic analysis and political geography to the study of nationalist-leftist insurgencies in the Philippines. National geography and changes in the geopolitics of Southeast Asia have, and will continue, to create the strategic context for guerilla wars and the rival end games of Manila and insurgents. In 1898-99 and 1941-45, for example, the geopolitical center of gravity passed over Central Luzon and led to the regime changes desired by insurgents. Since 1945, the geopolitical center of gravity has bypassed Luzon, an external development which has provided a tremendous advantage to counterinsurgents ...


The Wrong War: The Soviets And The Korean War, 1945-1953, Joel R. Campbell May 2014

The Wrong War: The Soviets And The Korean War, 1945-1953, Joel R. Campbell

International Social Science Review

For the Soviet Union, the Korean War was in many ways the wrong war, as it played a crucial, yet indirect, role in it. Whatever his motivations, which centered on a realist and pragmatic appraisal of both global and regional considerations, Stalin apparently gave tacit consent to, if not outright approval for, Kim II Sung's attack on South Korea. Like China, the USSR did not want U.S. forces on its border, and sought to maintain preeminent influence in North Korea. The war had begun when the North took aggressive action semi-independently of Moscow. Another Communist state, China, then ...