Robert Sutter ( is professor of the practice of international affairs at George Washington University. His most recent book, The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and Twenty-First-Century Relations, is published by Rowman and Littlefield (second edition, October 2019). His previous books include Axis of Authoritarians: Implications of China-Russia Cooperation, with Richard Ellings, (Seattle WA: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2018).