The lost art of ideological warfare

Reagan defeated the Soviet Union preaching freedom. America today should learn from him in handling its competition with China.

In the strategic competition with China, Americans have focused until now on economic and military contests - at the expense of one of the most important tools in our arsenal.

The 2017 National Security Strategy argues that the United States is locked in "fundamentally political contests between those who favour repressive systems and those who favour free societies".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2019, with the headline 'The lost art of ideological warfare'. Print Edition | Subscribe