- Jennifer Harris: Foreign governments often like to test a new White House early on
- If past is precedent, Beijing will soon look to stress-test the new White House, perhaps over South China Sea, she says
Jennifer M. Harris is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-author of "War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft." The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)Major geopolitical crises have a way of greeting US presidents soon after taking office. Nazi Germany's withdrawal from the League of Nations in 1933, the Soviet-led construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 -- all were among the most daunting tests of US foreign policy in the past century, and all came less than a year into the tenures of new US administrations.