Daniel Urchick

Daniel Urchick is currently the Research Analyst for South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia at Aviation Week as well as the Eurasia & Eastern Europe Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Daniel is a Researcher on the Asia-Pacific and Eurasia Desks for the online crowdsourcing consultancy Wikistrat. Daniel received a Master’s in Political Science, focusing on international relations from Central Michigan University in 2015. He continued his education at George Washington University for a second Master’s in Security Policy Studies, focusing on Defense Analysis and Asian Security, which is expected in 2018. Daniel previously worked as an intern at the Institute for the Study of War on the Ukraine/Russia Portfolio during the beginning of the Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War. He has also interned at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis on two separate occasions. His writing has previously appeared in Geopolitical Monitor, Small Wars Journal, Real Clear Defense, Charged Affairs, the International Affairs Forum and Defence IQ.

The SCS is developing at an extraordinarily rate and the events that transpire in the region in the next two to three years will be some of the most significant geopolitical events in the world.

It is important to assess the progress of the PLAAF’s degree of progress toward achieving the capabilities it requires by the early 2030s and this paper intends to do so.