Expert Commentary

Red Lines and Red Carpets in the South China Sea

Zack Cooper
Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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The Author is Zack Cooper

Dr. Zack Cooper is a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Cooper previously worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. The scenarios noted above are described in greater detail in a forthcoming CSIS study entitled Countering Coercion in Maritime Asia co-authored with Michael Green, Kathleen Hicks, John Schaus, and Jake Douglas.

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