Bridge Colby and Andrea Kendall-Taylor quoted in Foreign Policy article, “China and Russia Turn Deeper Ties Into a Military Challenge for Biden”

"'You face a two-front war where we don’t have a two-front military,' said Elbridge Colby, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense during the Trump administration. 'If NATO is expecting U.S. forces to bail it out simultaneously with a fight over Taiwan, we can’t do them both. We don’t have the assets. That can create huge problems for us…' "'We have to start thinking about how they also generate synergy in ways that amplify the challenge that both countries pose,' said [...]

2021-04-20T12:35:14-04:00April 20, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bridge Colby quoted in Foreign Policy article, “Biden Administration Looks to Contain China With Allies’ Help, Despite No Asian NATO”

"The Biden administration has found a receptive ear in Asian capitals for pushing back on China’s territorial expansion. It is getting increased buy-in for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue from Japan, as well as from long-wary partners India and Australia, which recently began military exercises together again after a long pause. And the new team is trying to make strides with Japan and South Korea by burying the hatchet on negotiations over the cost of hosting U.S. troops there… "'Basically every state [...]

2021-03-26T16:36:50-04:00March 26, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby in The Washington Post: “Biden’s Global, Muscular Liberalism is an Indefensible Foreign Policy in 2021”

"The central theme of President Biden’s foreign policy is a global, muscular liberalism. Ensuring that democracy 'will and must prevail,' Biden told the Munich Security Conference, is 'our galvanizing mission.' This appears to mean taking on threats to democracy wherever they lie — challenging both China and Russia, which Biden has said posits 'just as real' a threat as Beijing — while continuing the 'forever wars,' halting reductions of U.S. forces in Europe, sanctioning the new military government in Myanmar, signaling [...]

2021-03-21T08:00:52-04:00March 21, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby quoted in The Diplomat article, “Making Sense of Europe’s Military Engagement in Asia”

"Nonetheless, what Washington expects Europe to do in military terms in Asia has often been ambiguous. While the U.S. has assisted with British and French deployments, there is skepticism in the U.S. about Europe’s military role in Asia. 'Better to have Europe play to its strengths in the Euro-Atlantic area rather than to vainly try to project meaningful military power to the Asia-Pacific,' argues Elbridge Colby. The Biden administration needs to come up with a clear idea as to what military [...]

2021-03-21T00:00:38-04:00March 21, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby writes in Nikkei Asia: “Japan Must Urgently Increase Defense Spending”

"Japan needs to spend a lot more on defense. Though relations between Tokyo and Washington are very solid, the simple fact is that America cannot and, if pressed, very likely will not balance China effectively alone. Japan needs to play a much greater role, not as a favor to Washington, but for its own sake…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-19T05:00:41-04:00March 19, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby writes with Dennis Blair in The Manila Standard: “For the Philippines, Sticking With America Is a Better, Safe Play”

"It is now clear to all that the major factor in international politics will be the US-China competition, in Asia more than anywhere else. The new Biden administration has signaled that it will pick up where the Trump administration left off and undertake an 'extreme competition' with China. Beijing, meanwhile, has made increasingly clear its aspirations to hegemony over Asia and its consequent opposition to US influence – the primary roadblock to that goal – in the region. "The question for countries [...]

2021-03-07T21:10:00-05:00March 7, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby quoted in Politico article, “Austin Wants to Pivot to China. But Can He Pay for It?”

"Elbridge Colby, a former defense official in the Trump administration, noted that so far the Biden administration has signaled it has no intention of drawing down limited resources from the Middle East, Afghanistan or Europe. At the same time, it wants to add new missions to the Pentagon’s already full plate, for instance dealing with pandemics and climate change "'The focus on China and modernizing the force is right. But the key to making that happen is hard choices,' Colby said..." [...]

2021-03-03T16:19:55-05:00March 3, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bridge Colby writes in The Wall Street Journal: “America Can Defend Taiwan”

"Defeating a PLA attack would be far from easy or cheap, and being ready to do so will involve wrenching changes in the U.S. and Taiwanese defense establishments. But it is doable. "To put it simply, defeating a Chinese invasion would require the U.S., Taiwan and any other engaged parties to cripple or destroy enough Chinese amphibious ships and transport aircraft to prevent the PLA from holding the island. For a country spending more than $700 billion a year on defense, [...]

2021-02-25T17:02:22-05:00January 26, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bridge Colby interviewed with Ian Brzezinski in FPRI’s Orbis, “How NATO Manages the ‘Bear’ and the ‘Dragon'”

"In March 2020, the secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, convened a “reflection group” to examine how the trans-Atlantic alliance can adapt to the new security challenges of the 2020s and beyond. As we await the final report and recommendation of this group of experts, Orbis Editor Nikolas Gvosdev asked Elbridge A. Colby and Ian Brzezinski to offer their own reflections and to discuss their perspectives on the future of the alliance and the next steps that [...]

2021-01-22T13:21:07-05:00January 19, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|
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