According to Pham, while the mission of the fifteen People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) task forces to date is to offer protection to Chinese and other merchant vessels passing through waters rendered dangerous by Somali pirates, the unprecedented deployment also had the strategic effects of burnishing the international image of the People’s Republic of China as a contributor to international security and giving the PLAN a platform to hone its expeditionary capacity, especially in Africa, where the Chinese have considerable political and economic interests. The study examines the calculus behind Beijing’s decision to send its warships on the anti-piracy mission, the political and strategic relevance of the deployment, its actual tactical and operational conduct, and the resulting implications for both African countries and outside powers, including the United States. It also looks at the PLAN’s new capabilities in relation to those which the land army has developed through its now decade-long experience with United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa.
December 10, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative hosted a two-day forum this week on Harnessing Disruption, highlighting ways in which the technology revolution is shaping government, business, and civil society. Many panelists focused on the effects of technology on individual empowerment and globalization, and the need by both public and private sectors to better adapt to coming change.
The Atlantic Council’s 2012 report Envisioning 2030: US Strategy in a Post-Western World, written as a companion piece with the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, stated, “the keystone of national power remains US economic strength and innovation.”
Building upon this statement, this year’s Envisioning 2030: US Strategy for the Coming Technology Revolution, edited by Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew J. Burrows, explores the consequences of major disruptions that will be caused by emerging technologies and recommends that the United States must prepare now if it wants to remain competitive on the global stage.