Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand
Security,Southeast Asia
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 02 Sep 2016

Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand

The Mother’s Day bombings were followed with a double bombing in the southern provincial capital city of Pattani. The Thai military government soon turned its attention to the Malay Muslim insurgents of southern Thailand, in particular the military wing of the Patani Malay National Revolutionary Front.
The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation
Security,China,Southeast Asia

By Huong Le Thu - 25 Aug 2016

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation

Asia’s Future: Become Another Middle East or Avoid South China Sea War
Politics,Security,Hotspots

By Yongnian Zheng - 24 Aug 2016

Asia’s Future: Become Another Middle East or Avoid South China Sea War

The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
Security,China,South Asia

The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

On August 8, 2016, over 70 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a suicide bombing in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. As Balochistan is the location of Gwadar Port, the southern terminus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the massacre highlights the security risks facing CPEC.
Chinese and Vietnamese Nationalism and the South China Sea
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Chinese and Vietnamese Nationalism and the South China Sea

While hostilities resulting from territorial disputes driven by nationalism and history continue to overshadow the relationship between Vietnam and China, a military conflict is unlikely to occur, unless decision-makers consider the resulting economic, military and political disasters to be bearable.
By Wei Luo - 15 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Is China Building a Maritime Militia?
Security,Hotspots,China

Is China Building a Maritime Militia?

There is no secret that all the South China Sea claimant parties view their fishermen as important defenders of their respective claims in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Nonetheless, the securitized fishery discourse is overblown.  
THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations

South Korea is feeling the heat, not only from the heat waves of summer but also from the heated debates surrounding President Park Geun-hye’s July 8 announcement of the decision to deploy THAAD. The nation has been polarized between those saying “nay” and “aye.”
By Jaewoo Choo - 11 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Brexit and the Future of Regionalism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Brexit and the Future of Regionalism

The UK’s exit from the EU is a cautionary tale to other forms of regionalism. The US has dominated NATO, the North American Free Trade Area, and is also committed to constructing new types of regionalism such as the TPP and TTIP. Yet, it is questionable if this non-inclusive form of regionalism established will be sustainable.
Prospects and Challenges for China after the South China Sea Arbitration
Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

Prospects and Challenges for China after the South China Sea Arbitration

Observers have argued that China did not fully appreciate the implications of not participating in the arbitration process. Not only did it give up its right to appoint the arbitrators, it also gave up its right to present its legal arguments and evidence to the tribunal and the international audience.
Can the US–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Do Anything about the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China

Can the US–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Do Anything about the South China Sea?

Given Washington’s rather overheated rhetoric on the South China Sea, might future iterations of the SED achieve any breakthrough in this most volatile area of US–China strategic relations?
By Feng Zhang - 21 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: China Won’t Accept Cursory Judgement of its Inherent Rights
Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: China Won’t Accept Cursory Judgement of its Inherent Rights

The arbitration proceedings that the Philippines initiated against China more than three years ago regarding issues in the South China Sea should soon reach its end, and the arbitral tribunal is expected to rule shortly.
By Shicun Wu - 20 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
On Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

On Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea

The fundamental guarantee of the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea is not the US or its military presence, but China, the coastal states, and regional countries’ commitment to peace, stability, prosperity, and development.
By Jian Zhou - 17 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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