RSIS Webinar by Dr Adam Garfinkle
24 September 2020
After underestimating the challenge of China to the US/Western-hewn international economic and institutional order for many years – especially since the start of the Xi Jinping era – the tendency in recent months has been for the American political class and commentariat to swing toward exaggeration of the challenge. In the process, many have mangled and, in some respects, even inverted the operative meanings of the words “ideology” and “nationalism”. In their newly aroused collective state of mind, some Americans – not to exclude the current Secretary of State – are once again unwittingly theologising US strategy in line with a secularised template derived in part from Calvinist eschatology, thus repeating the pattern of the John Foster Dulles era of US policy.
Last updated on 29/09/2020