The North Korean Crisis: Lessons from the Past
Hotspots,East Asia
By Mirko Tasic - 15 Sep 2017

The North Korean Crisis: Lessons from the Past

When analyzing the North Korean crisis, there might be a few things omitted by scholars, strategists and politicians, such as: the lessons of history — the similarity between French-German and North-South Korean borders, and the Schlieffen Plan, i.e., the German war plan for the war against France, and others.
The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Interview with Yongnian Zheng
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Yongnian Zheng - 08 Sep 2017

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Interview with Yongnian Zheng

The Japanese White Paper on North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Aug 2017

The Japanese White Paper on North Korea

The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate
Security,Hotspots,China

The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate

A Chinese incursion in Australia’s EEZ has sparked a debate. Many say China is hypocritical because it is undertaking ISR missions in other countries’ EEZs while opposing those of the US in its own EEZ. But there are differences between what China and the US are doing.  
The ASEAN Security Summits and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The ASEAN Security Summits and the South China Sea

From August 2-8, 2017, ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners, including rivals China and the United States, will have a series of key security meetings in the Philippines. Casting a shadow upon these meetings will be recent developments regarding the South China Sea.
Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea

Joseph Bosco’s critique of China’s actions in the South China Sea, the Obama administration’s response and other issues raises the fundamental questions of the purpose and necessity of Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea.  
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity

US FONOPs in the South China Sea are controversial. Their targeting of China’s “excessive” claims there, their resumption under President Donald Trump, and China’s increasingly strident objections raise questions regarding their intent, effectiveness and necessity.
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A
Politics,Hotspots

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A

The first FONOP under the Trump administration occurred in late May 2017, when the USS Dewey made a non-innocent passage within 12 nm of Mischief Reef. It raised questions as to the purpose and effectiveness of US FONOPs in the South China Sea.
Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism

The recent London Bridge attack underscores two major trends: IS terrorists are targeting civilians in the main Western cities and they are using low-tech methods like vehicle ramming and stabbing.
By Abdul Basit - 20 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?
Environment,Hotspots

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

Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East

On June 5, 2017, Qatar suddenly suffered diplomatic isolation and economic blockade for its alleged support of terrorism. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Mauritius, Mauritania, the Maldives, and the eastern government of Libya, have cut ties with Qatar.
Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots

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

China and ASEAN agreed to a framework for the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea in May 2017. Hopefully, after this agreement, none of the claimants or concerned sea-powers would need to fire the first shot.  
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