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Phillip Orchard

Phillip Orchard
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Phillip Orchard is an analyst at Geopolitical Futures. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Orchard spent nearly six years at Stratfor, working as an editor and writing about East Asian geopolitics. He’s spent more than six years abroad, primarily in Southeast Asia and Latin America, where he’s had formative, immersive experiences with the problems arising from mass political upheaval, civil conflict and human migration. Mr. Orchard holds a master’s degree in Security, Law and Diplomacy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he focused on energy and national security, Chinese foreign policy, intelligence analysis, and institutional pathologies. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He speaks Spanish and some Thai and Lao.

What We’re Reading: Unity and Division in Italy and Vietnam

Weekly reviews of what’s on our bookshelves.

Between Japan and South Korea, a Trade War Lurks

The two seem to have every reason to cooperate. Yet here we are.

In the War Against Chinese Tech, the U.S. May Go It...

Washington’s threat to curtail security cooperation with allies that do business with Huawei is falling on deaf ears. But the U.S. has another trick up its sleeve.

No, This Isn’t Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Moment

For the moment, Beijing is content to let the Hong Kong government handle growing protests on its own.

The Fog of Trade War: Can China Outlast the US?

Both sides are digging in, but Washington can’t ignore the costs of tariffs forever.

North Korean Missiles and the US Red Line

For perhaps the first time in decades, Pyongyang feels like it’s operating from a position of strength.

Digging in for a Longer Trade War

If the political constraints on Xi are so steep that Beijing can’t even rubber stamp its way out from under 25 percent tariffs, it doesn’t bode well for the negotiations going forward.

Hong Kong: Just Another Chinese City?

Beijing has slowly been increasing its control over the special administrative region.

Indonesia’s Trip Down the Belt and Road

China needs a strategic ally in Indonesia. Will BRI do the trick?

Can China Take Care of Its Elderly?

Beijing is facing a pension crisis of its own making.

Taiwan: More Than a US Friend of Convenience

U.S. assurances to Taiwan are intentionally vague. U.S. interests in Taiwan are crystal clear.