April 4, 2019

The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War over Small Stakes

Michael O'Hanlon, Director of Research, Foreign Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

The Senkaku Islands are very small pieces of land in the Western Pacific. O’Hanion introduces the question; What will the US do if Russia or China decides to attack them There isn’t a clear understanding of whom the Senkaku islands belong to, but the US has committed to protecting them. This is because they are in the US-Japan treaty signed by which President Obama. O’Hanion expects the main response to an attack to be economic sanctions.

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