A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?
Environment,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 14 Jun 2017

A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?

Lost amid the recent cacophony of nationalist rhetoric regarding the disputes in the South China Sea have been calls for the claimants to agree to set aside part of the area for environmental preservation. This suggestion is both idealistic and unrealistic.
Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East
Politics,Hotspots

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 12 Jun 2017

Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East

Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 02 Jun 2017

Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?

Has Trump’s Worldview Become More Discernible?
Politics,Hotspots

Has Trump’s Worldview Become More Discernible?

Judging from Trump’s focus on making deals and building up US military forces to facilitate negotiations, he espouses a realist view of the world. He is not an idealist. He puts little stock in promoting lofty principles.
Trump And The South China Sea: Doing The Right Thing For The Wrong Reasons
Politics,Hotspots

Trump And The South China Sea: Doing The Right Thing For The Wrong Reasons

It appears that Trump has paused criticism and actions against China in exchange for its assistance in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program. This transactional approach means that his foreign policy is negotiable and not based on principles.  
Implications of Trump’s Flip-Flop on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots

Implications of Trump’s Flip-Flop on the South China Sea

US President Donald Trump’s flip-flopping policy regarding China’s claims and actions in the South China Sea have fundamental implications for the security paradigm in the region and perhaps beyond.
Cambodia’s South China Sea Dilemma Between China and ASEAN
Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s South China Sea Dilemma Between China and ASEAN

Some Cambodian political analysts have concluded that balancing between ASEAN and China on the contentious issue of the South China Sea is and will continue to be the most significant strategic challenge for Cambodia’s foreign policy in the 21st century.
Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea

Taking into consideration brief moments of hopeful peace in the past in the Korean Peninsula, there is a chance for peace in the current crisis and a return to the earlier state of functionalist constructivist cooperation if all stakeholders show the political will to do so.
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Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law?
Security,Cyberspace,Hotspots

Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law?

The US flies hundreds of ISR missions every year to collect communications between the target country’s command-and-control centers and radar and weapons systems. The initial deployment of the Carl Vinson strike force was to the South China Sea. Are these probes and the deployment a violation of the UN Charter?  
The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula

Japan and South Korea are working with the US to ensure all preparatory defensive measures are up to par and have sharpened their coordination in all defensive matters. Both countries have also pledged support for peace and diplomatic solutions to the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?

US President Donald Trump has been advocating striking North Korea’s nuclear facilities since taking office in January. However, he will be restrained from delivering such an order for both empirical and strategic reasons. And China knows too well that it won’t happen.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Revelations of China’s Construction in the South China Sea: Hype Not Helpful
Security,Hotspots

Revelations of China’s Construction in the South China Sea: Hype Not Helpful

Some US and foreign media have used the information to convince the Trump administration that China presents an imminent threat to US interests in the South China Sea. But the burgeoning drumbeat for the US to confront China should be considered with a healthy dose of skepticism.  
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