A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Apr 2018

A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?

The US and China have apparently reached a tacit agreement to disagree and to maintain a leaky status quo, a “new normal.” Not coincidentally, relations on this issue between the ASEAN claimants and between ASEAN and China are more or less at the same place.
The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 13 Apr 2018

The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?

The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 09 Apr 2018

The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”

Kim Jong-un’s visit was very strategically calculated. It had two purposes. The first was to bring China-North Korea relations back on track. The second was to seek China’s insurance and confirm China’s patron-state status.
By Jaewoo Choo - 03 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Philippines, China and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

There is a growing protest over Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to downplay the Philippines international arbitration victory over China regarding the South China Sea. Although many of his policy decisions are problematic, in this case his decision has merit.
The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions

As the Western media cacophony of assertions regarding the South China Sea imbroglio approaches a crescendo, it is a good time to pause and parse some of the more common and controversial ones.
Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Security,Hotspots,China

Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In the wake of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s pilgrimage to Washington, Australia is edging ever closer to publicly choosing between China and the US in its Asia security policy. It may well become reality and with the choice comes consequences.
Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

Facilitated by under-the-radar low-tech boats, collusion with local corrupt officials, and integration with legal trade and activities, piracy in Southeast Asia remains a challenging problem. Multinational agencies are cooperating to counteract.
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Feb 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

Gordon Chang wrote recently in the National Interest that China is “itching for a confrontation” in response to the January 17, 2018 innocent passage of the USS Hopper near Scarborough Shoal. James Holmes argued that China does not really want confrontation.
US Cuts Security Aid to Pakistan: What Does It Mean?
Politics,Security,South Asia

US Cuts Security Aid to Pakistan: What Does It Mean?

The US decision to cut its security aid to Pakistan brings nothing new into US-Pakistan bilateral dynamics. The US had already done that previously when it cut the Coalition Support Funds amounting to USD 900 million for the financial years 2015 and 2016.
South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance

Two recent publications by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for International and Security Studies condemn China’s policies and actions in the South China Sea while ignoring the similar transgressions of the others there.
Key Parts of US Navy Commander’s Handbook Are Dangerously Misleading
Politics,Security

Key Parts of US Navy Commander’s Handbook Are Dangerously Misleading

The latest edition of the US Navy Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations is out. It is the first such revision in a decade — but it continues to convey to US Navy commanders controversial and unilateral interpretations of the international law of the sea.
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