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  • Dr. Sean McFate is an author, novelist and expert in foreign policy and national security strategy. He is a professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. His newest book, The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder, will be released on January 22, 2019.

    Recently, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University's Changing Character of War Program. He was also a think tank scholar at the RAND Corporation, Atlantic Council, Bipartisan Policy Center, and New America Foundation.
    McFate's career began as a paratrooper and officer in the U.S. Army's storied 82nd Airborne Division. He served under Stanley McChrystal and David Petraeus, and graduated from elite training programs, such as Jungle Warfare School in Panama. He was also a Jump Master.
    Then McFate became a private military contractor in Africa. Among his many experiences, he dealt with warlords, raised small armies, worked with armed groups in the Sahara, transacted arms deals in Eastern Europe, and helped prevent an impending genocide in the Rwanda region.

    McFate co-wrote the novels Shadow War and Deep Black, part of the Tom Locke series based on his military experiences. New York Times #1 bestselling author Mark Greaney said: "I was blown away.... simply one of the most entertaining and intriguing books I've read in quite some time."

    He also authored the non-fiction book The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order, which explains how the privatization of war is changing world order in the 21st century. The Economist called it a "fascinating and disturbing book."
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  • The Global Taiwan Institute is pleased to invite you to a book talk with CSBA Senior Fellow and GTI Advisory Board member Dr. Toshi Yoshihara on the second edition of his co-authored book, Red Star Over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy (Naval Institute Press, December 15, 2018). The authors are  experts on the People’s Liberation Army Navy, China’s maritime strategy, and US naval strategy in the Indo-Pacific region.

    Doors will open at 11:30 am, and the event will begin at 12:00 pm. Kindly RSVP by January 21. Please direct questions or concerns to Program Manager Marzia Borsoi-Kelly at mborsoikelly@globaltaiwan.org.

    Reminder: Starting with this event, all our public seminars will be live streamed on our Facebook page at @globaltaiwaninst. 

    **Media: Please contact Marzia Borsoi-Kelly at mborsoikelly@globaltaiwan.org if you would like to bring additional crew members or equipment, so that we can be sure to accommodate you.

    Book Description

    Using their knowledge of Asia and sea-power theory, combined with naval combat experience and ability to tap Chinese-language sources, Dr. Yoshihara and Mr. Holmes assess how the rise of Chinese sea power will affect US maritime strategy in Asia. The book considers how strategic thought about the sea shapes Beijing's deliberations. It examines the Chinese navy's operational concepts, tactics, and capabilities, and appraises China's missile force. The authors conclude that China now presents a challenge to America's strategic position in Asia to such a degree that Washington must compete in earnest.

    The Authors

    Dr. Toshi Yoshihara is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). Before joining CSBA, Toshi Yoshihara held the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the U.S. Naval War College where he taught strategy for over a decade. He was also an affiliate member of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the war college. Dr. Yoshihara has been a visiting professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University since 2012. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego and as a visiting professor in the Strategy Department at the U.S. Air War College. He has served as a research analyst at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, RAND, and the American Enterprise Institute.

    James R. Holmes is the inaugural holder of the J.C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and previously served on the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a former US Navy surface warfare officer. He earned a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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