The Philippines, China and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 26 Mar 2018

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

By Mark J. Valencia - 19 Mar 2018

The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions

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

By Mark J. Valencia - 02 Mar 2018

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

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.
The Underreported Crises of 2017
Security,Hotspots

The Underreported Crises of 2017

In 2017, the world’s press mostly focused on Donald Trump’s presidency in the US; China’s rise; and a number of global crises. 2017 also witnessed several other major humanitarian crises which, given the scale of the human suffering involved, were underreported by the world’s press.
Tackling the Wave of Homegrown Terrorism
Security

Tackling the Wave of Homegrown Terrorism

Homegrown terrorists are hard to identify; thus, it is difficult to prevent these outrages. Some of the terrorists, especially the “lone wolves” and those who radicalized themselves, are not directly involved in foreign military training and even have no co-conspirators.
By Yu Fu - 08 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Factoring Iran in the Delhi-Washington Nexus
Security

Factoring Iran in the Delhi-Washington Nexus

A recent report in the Long War Journal is critical of Iran and its alleged nuclear deals with global powers. Washington believes that since 1991, Iran has formed loose ties with terrorist organizations. These developments could affect India-US relations.
India-Pakistan Relations: Beyond the Security Narrative
Security,South Asia

India-Pakistan Relations: Beyond the Security Narrative

In light of recent US-South Asian diplomacy, India may seek to strengthen transportation and economic ties with Pakistan, as a gesture of peace and a move away from terrorism.
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