Has the US Approach to Iran Devolved into Bullying, Blackmail and “Terrorism”?
Politics,Hotspots,South Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Sep 2019

Has the US Approach to Iran Devolved into Bullying, Blackmail and “Terrorism”?

A US official tried to bribe the captain of a tanker carrying Iranian oil to deliver the ship into US hands. He emailed, “With this money, you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age…If you choose not to take this easy path, life will be much harder for you.”
Whither Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 12 Sep 2019

Whither Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent?

The Soft Power Costs of China’s Recent Behavior in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Aug 2019

The Soft Power Costs of China’s Recent Behavior in the South China Sea

Philippine Double Standards Regarding Warship Passage Through Archipelagic Waters
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Philippine Double Standards Regarding Warship Passage Through Archipelagic Waters

The recent passage of Chinese warships through the Sulu Sea generated an outburst of criticism by Philippine officials and pundits. Their passage was called “illegal”, “unfriendly” and a “deception”. The issue is more complex than these critics would have it.
The Hong Kong Demonstrations and Identity Crisis
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

The Hong Kong Demonstrations and Identity Crisis

Since July 2019, peaceful demonstrations in the city of Hong Kong has transformed into large-scale pro-independence clashes with the police. The Hong Kong people’s identity crisis has contributed to the demonstrations.
By Yu Fu - 26 Aug 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Discourse is Power: How HK Leaders Could Win Back Public Trust
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Discourse is Power: How HK Leaders Could Win Back Public Trust

The ability to mobilize several thousand misinformed youths to paralyze airport operations showed the mastery of the radicals to use modern media platforms to spread false or fake news to rally the crowd.
Hong Kong’s Time of Reckoning is Close
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s Time of Reckoning is Close

The general strike called by Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill netizens on August 5, 2019 wreaked havoc in the city. The general strike reflected both the strengths and weaknesses of the anti-extradition movement and offered some clues on how to resolve the impasse.
Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult

The US is proposing Operation Sentinel to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman.
Philippines Justice Carpio’s Carping is Becoming Quixotic
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Philippines Justice Carpio’s Carping is Becoming Quixotic

Philippines Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio has responded to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to him to suggest practical approaches to enforce the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration victory against China.
Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco

A proposed extradition law that is supposed to address the legal loopholes allowing fugitives to hide in Hong Kong boomeranged and triggered the worst political crisis in the city since the 1997 handover.
The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around

On June 9, 2019, there was a collision between two fishing boats in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone, one a China-flagged vessel and one a Philippines-flagged fishing boat. The incident elicited wild accusations and demands for precipitous retaliatory action.
The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation
Politics,Security,Hotspots

The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation

The US is proposing a “coalition of the willing” to protect “freedom of navigation” in the Strait of Hormuz. This cooperative protection might take the form of maritime and air surveillance, a “picket line of ships” or military escorts for tankers.
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